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Borrowed from Anglo-Norman expense, from Old French espense, from Late Latin expēnsa, from Latin expendō. See expend.


  • IPA(key): /ɪkˈspɛns/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛns


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expense (countable and uncountable, plural expenses)

  1. A spending or consuming, often a disbursement of 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. The elimination or consumption of something, sometimes with the notion of loss or damage to the thing eliminated.
    Jones reached the final at the expense of Smith, who couldn't beat him.
  3. (obsolete) Loss.
    • (Can we date this quote?)Lua error in Module:utilities at line 136: Language code has not been specified. Please pass parameter 1 to the template.William Shakespeare, Sonnet 30:
      And moan the expense of many a vanished sight.


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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.

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




  1. vocative masculine singular of expēnsus