"to pay out or away" (money or wealth), O.E. -spendan
"use up"), from L. expendere
"to weigh out money, pay down" (see expend
). A general Gmc. borrowing (cf. O.H.G. spendon
, Ger., M.Du. spenden
, O.N. spenna
). In ref. to labor, thoughts, time, etc., attested from c.1300.