expense

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman expense, from Old French espense, from Late Latin expensa, from Latin expendere. See expend.

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Noun[edit]

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expense (plural expenses)

  1. A spending or consuming. Often specifically an act of disbursing or spending funds.
    She went to great expense to ensure her children would get the best education.
    Buying the car was a big expense, but will be worth it in the long run.
    We had a training weekend in New York, at the expense of our company.
  2. That which is expended, laid out, or consumed. Sometimes with the notion of loss or damage to those on whom the expense falls.
    Jones reached the final at the expense of Jones, who couldn´t beat him.
  3. (obsolete) Loss.

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Verb[edit]

expense (third-person singular simple present expenses, present participle expensing, simple past and past participle expensed)

  1. (transitive) To charge a cost against an expense account; to bill something to the company for which one works.
    It should be acceptable to expense a business lunch with a client.

Derived terms[edit]

  • expense magazine, (Military): a small magazine containing ammunition for immediate use. - Henry Lee Scot Military Dictionary

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expense

  1. vocative masculine singular of expensus