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Webster 1913 Edition


Expense

Ex-pense′

,
Noun.
[L.
expensa
(sc.
pecunia
), or
expensum
, fr.
expensus
, p. p. of
expendere
. See
Expend
.]
1.
A spending or consuming; disbursement; expenditure.
Husband nature’s riches from
expense
.
Shakespeare
2.
That which is expended, laid out, or consumed; cost; outlay; charge; – sometimes with the notion of loss or damage to those on whom the expense falls;
as, the
expenses
of war; an
expense
of time
.
Courting popularity at his party's
expense
.
Brougham.
3.
Loss.
[Obs.]
Shak.
And moan the
expense
of many a vanished sight.
Spenser.
Expense magazine
(Mil.)
,
a small magazine containing ammunition for immediate use.
H. L. Scott.

Webster 1828 Edition


Expense

EXPENSE

,
Noun.
expens'. [L. expensum.] A laying out or expending; the disbursing of money, or the employment and consumption, as of time or labor. Great enterprises are accomplished only by a great expense of money, time and labor.
1.
Money expended; cost; charge; that which is disbursed in payment or in charity. A prudent man limits his expenses by his income. The expenses of war are rarely or never reimbursed by the acquisition either of goods or territory.
2.
That which is used, employed, laid out or consumed; as the expense of time or labor.

Definition 2022


expense

expense

English

Noun

expense (countable and uncountable, plural expenses)

  1. A spending or consuming. Often specifically an act of disbursing or spending 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. That which is expended, laid out, or consumed. Sometimes with the notion of loss or damage to those on whom the expense falls.
    Jones reached the final at the expense of Jones, who couldn´t beat him.
  3. (obsolete) Loss.

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Verb

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.

Derived terms

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

Latin

Participle

expense

  1. vocative masculine singular of expensus

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