ex|pend [ıkˈspend] v [T]
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: expendere 'to weigh out, pay', from pendere 'to weigh']
to use or spend a lot of energy etc in order to do something
expend energy/effort/time/resources etc
People of different ages expend different amounts of energy.
Manufacturers have expended a lot of time and effort trying to improve computer security.
expend sth in/on (doing) sth
A great deal of time and money has been expended on creating a pleasant office atmosphere.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • Expend — Ex*pend , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Expending}.] [L. expendere, expensum, to weigh out, pay out, lay out, lay out; ex out + pendere to weigh. See {Poise}, and cf. {Spend}.] To lay out, apply, or employ in any way; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expend — UK US /ɪkˈspend/ verb [T] FORMAL ► to use or spend something, especially time, effort, or money: expend energy/effort/time »Why do firms expend effort investing abroad, rather than staying home and producing for export? »expend… …   Financial and business terms

  • Expend — Ex*pend , v. i. 1. To be laid out, used, or consumed. [1913 Webster] 2. To pay out or disburse money. [1913 Webster] They go elsewhere to enjoy and to expend. Macaulay . [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expend — I (consume) verb apply, avail oneself of, burn, deplete, devour, dissipate, employ, exert, exhaust, finish, lessen, reduce, spend, turn to account, use, use up, waste II (disburse) verb allocate, allot, apportion, assign, bear the cost of, bear… …   Law dictionary

  • expend — early 15c., from L. expendere pay out, weigh out money, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + pendere to pay, weigh (see PENDANT (Cf. pendant)). Related: Expended; expending …   Etymology dictionary

  • expend — *spend, disburse Analogous words: *pay, repay, compensate, reimburse, remunerate: *distribute, dispense …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • expend — [v] exhaust; spend ante up*, blow*, consume, disburse, dish out*, dispense, dissipate, distribute, employ, finish, foot the bill*, fork out*, give, go through*, lay out, outlay, pay, pay out, put out*, shell out*, splurge*, spring for*, throw… …   New thesaurus

  • expend — ► VERB ▪ spend or use up (a resource). ORIGIN Latin expendere, from pendere weigh, pay …   English terms dictionary

  • expend — [ek spend′, ikspend′] vt. [ME expenden < L expendere, to weigh out, pay out < ex , out + pendere, to weigh: see PENDANT] 1. to spend 2. to consume by using; use up …   English World dictionary

  • expend — v. (D; tr.) to expend for, on (to expend considerable funds on a new skating rink) * * * [ɪk spend] on (to expend considerable funds on a new skating rink) (D; tr.) to expend for …   Combinatory dictionary

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