- Expend is defined as to use up or spend.
An example of expend is for a company to use up all of its resources.
- to spend
- to consume by using; use up
Origin of expendMiddle English expenden ; from Classical Latin expendere, to weigh out, pay out ; from ex-, out + pendere, to weigh: see pendant
transitive verbex·pend·ed, ex·pend·ing, ex·pends
- To lay out; spend: expending tax revenues on education. See Synonyms at spend.
- To use up; consume: “Every effort seemed to expend her spirit's force” (George Meredith).
Origin of expendMiddle English expenden, from Latin expendere, to pay out : ex-, ex- + pendere, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.