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
- intransitive v. To be laid out, used, or consumed.
- intransitive v. To pay out or disburse money.
- 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
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
If that Government have troops they are willing to "expend" in Mexico, it is not the British residents who will object to their presence.
“We consume values in the lower gratifications of sense when we expend money for shows, for mere delicacies of the table, and for any thing which the only result is, the gratification of a physical appetite.”
The Court dramatically changed federal, state, and local elections by holding that corporations and unions can expend unlimited sums of money in election campaigns.
By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the common herd.
They might haul themselves out to break a few windows and commit random acts of vandalism but, if they actually got cranked up enough to commit violence, they would probably expend all their ammo on road signs and empty piss-beer cans on their way to the big event.
We are beyond any desire to expend further time or effort trying to enlighten you, coax you, and persuade you.
- Your rewards are proportional to the effort you expend.
If you have kids, or are contemplating having them, and don't have a small fortune to expend on private school, and would like to stay in New York City and take advantage of what is currently a pretty amazing school system, this issue is vastly important.
The Japanese expected that what they considered the inherently spoiled and weak Americans would never expend the blood and treasure to retake places of which they had never heard so that these places could then be returned to colonial masters of whom the Americans disapproved.
Moreover, the flat annual fee won't require users to rent server space dependent on the size of their music collection or expend personal broadband allocations by uploading thousands of songs from their hard drives.