from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To lay out; spend: expending tax revenues on government operations. See Synonyms at spend.
- transitive v. To use up; consume: "Every effort seemed to expend her spirit's force” ( George Meredith).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To consume or exhaust some resource.
- v. To spend or disburse money.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To lay out, apply, or employ in any way; to consume by use; to use up or distribute, either in payment or in donations; to spend
- intransitive v. To be laid out, used, or consumed.
- intransitive v. To pay out or disburse money.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lay out; disburse; spend; pay out.
- To consume by use; spend in using: as, to expend time, labor, or material; the oil of a lamp is expended in burning; water is expended in mechanical operations; the ammunition was entirely expended.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. use up, consume fully
- v. pay out
Middle English expenden, from Latin expendere, to pay out : ex-, ex- + pendere, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)