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[ik-spend] /ɪkˈspɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to use up:
She expended energy, time, and care on her work.
to pay out; disburse; spend.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin expendere to weigh out, lay out, pay
Related forms
expender, noun
overexpend, verb
preexpend, verb (used with object)
unexpended, adjective
well-expended, adjective
Can be confused
expand, expend (see synonym study at expand)
1. consume, empty. See spend. Unabridged
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  • It measured what people ate, how much they ate, and how much energy they expended under tightly controlled conditions.
  • Although these various forms of advertising were employed, but little thought and care seem to have been expended upon them.
  • More effort is expended on describing the rugs and drawings that he owns.
  • By finding a company willing to purchase half expended batteries you can increase the time it takes to pay off those batteries.
  • All this effort is expended simply to keep him happy on his own turf.
  • Endless radio talk time is expended, coordinating fairly routine operations.
  • We all know that many dollars and many years of sincere effort have been expended towards that aim.
  • Most workers live near the plant so there is also less fuel expended by workers.
  • Defendant expended a large sum of his own money to correct the design and function of the wastewater treatment facility.
  • The art of acting, for all the words expended upon it, remains a mystery to the public.
British Dictionary definitions for expended


verb (transitive)
to spend; disburse
to consume or use up
Derived Forms
expender, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin expendere, from pendere to weigh
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Word Origin and History for expended



early 15c., from Latin expendere "pay out, weigh out money," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pendere "to pay, weigh" (see pendant). Related: Expended; expending.

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