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expense

[ik-spens] /ɪkˈspɛns/
noun
1.
cost or charge:
the expense of a good meal.
2.
a cause or occasion of spending:
A car can be a great expense.
3.
the act of expending; expenditure.
4.
expenses.
  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.
5.
to charge or write off as an expense.
verb (used without object), expensed, expensing.
6.
to be expensed.
Idioms
7.
at the expense of, at the sacrifice of; to the detriment of:
quantity at the expense of quality.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. outlay, expenditure. See price.
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British Dictionary definitions for expenseless

expense

/ɪkˈspɛns/
noun
1.
a particular payment of money; expenditure
2.
money needed for individual purchases; cost; charge
3.
(pl) incidental money spent in the performance of a job, commission, etc, usually reimbursed by an employer or allowable against tax
4.
something requiring money for its purchase or upkeep: the car was more of an expense than he had expected
5.
at the expense of, to the detriment of: he succeeded at the expense of his health
verb
6.
(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 expenseless

expense

n.

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."

v.

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

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