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[ik-spens] /ɪkˈspɛns/
cost or charge:
the expense of a good meal.
a cause or occasion of spending:
A car can be a great expense.
the act of expending; expenditure.
  1. charges incurred during a business assignment or trip.
  2. money paid as reimbursement for such charges:
    to receive a salary and expenses.
verb (used with object), expensed, expensing.
to charge or write off as an expense.
verb (used without object), expensed, expensing.
to be expensed.
at the expense of, at the sacrifice of; to the detriment of:
quantity at the expense of quality.
Origin of expense
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin expēnsa, noun use of feminine of expēnsus, past participle of expendere to expend
Related forms
expenseless, adjective
preexpense, noun
1. outlay, expenditure. See price. Unabridged
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  • If Bukatski were alive, he would let out his tongue now at their expense.

    Children of the Soil Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • He spared no expense, which he could well afford, seeing that he never paid a penny.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Eight choristers educated, boarded, and lodged free of expense.

    The Boy's Voice J. Spencer Curwen
  • Of course his journey will be an expense; but there are times when expense must not be regarded.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • At our own expense we may really have as many of these as we ask for.

    The Law and the Poor Edward Abbott Parry
British Dictionary definitions for expense


a particular payment of money; expenditure
money needed for individual purchases; cost; charge
(pl) incidental money spent in the performance of a job, commission, etc, usually reimbursed by an employer or allowable against tax
something requiring money for its purchase or upkeep: the car was more of an expense than he had expected
at the expense of, to the detriment of: he succeeded at the expense of his health
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to treat as an expense for book-keeping or tax purposes
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin expēnsa, from Latin expēnsus weighed out; see expend
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Word Origin and History for expense

late 14c., from Anglo-French expense, Old French espense "money provided for expenses," from Late Latin expensa "disbursement, outlay, expense," noun use of neuter plural past participle of Latin expendere "to weigh out money, to pay down" (see expend).

Latin spensa also yielded Medieval Latin spe(n)sa, whose sense specialized to "outlay for provisions," then "provisions, food," which was borrowed into Old High German as spisa and is the root of German Speise "food," now mostly meaning prepared food, and speisen "to eat."


1909, from expense (n.). Related: Expensed; expensing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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