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Definition of "expend" []

  • To lay out; spend: expending tax revenues on government operations. See Synonyms at spend. (verb-transitive)
  • To use up; consume: "Every effort seemed to expend her spirit's force” ( George Meredith). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "expend" in a sentence
  • "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."