- Expense is defined as the cost of something.
- An example of an expense is the financial burden of buying a brand new car.
- An example of an expense is the potential lost time in a project after the direction is changed.
- Obsolete the act of expending; a spending or using up
- financial cost; fee; charge
- any cost or sacrifice
- charges or costs met with in running a business, doing one's work, maintaining property, etc.
- money to pay for these charges
- a cause of spending; drain on one's finances: a car can be a considerable expense
Origin of expenseMiddle English ; from Anglo-French ; from Late Latin expensa (pecunia), paid out (money) ; from Classical Latin expensum, neuter past participle of expendere: see expend
at the expense of
- a. Something spent to attain a goal or accomplish a purpose: an expense of time and energy on the project.b. A loss for the sake of something gained; a sacrifice: achieved speed at the expense of accuracy.
- An expenditure of money; a cost: an improvement that was well worth the expense; a trip with all expenses paid.
- expensesa. Charges incurred by an employee in the performance of work: was reimbursed for her travel expenses.b. Informal Money allotted for payment of such charges.
- Something requiring the expenditure of money: Redecorating the house will be a considerable expense.
- Archaic The act of expending.
transitive verbex·pensed, ex·pens·ing, ex·pens·es
- To charge with expenses.
- To write off as an expense.
Origin of expenseMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin (pecūnia) expēnsa, (money) paid out, feminine past participle of expendere, to pay out; see expend.
- A spending or consuming. Often specifically an act of disbursing or spending funds.
- She went to great expense to ensure her children would get the best education.
- Buying the car was a big expense, but will be worth it in the long run.
- We had a training weekend in New York, at the expense of our company.
- That which is expended, laid out, or consumed. Sometimes with the notion of loss or damage to those on whom the expense falls.
- Jones reached the final at the expense of Jones, who couldn´t beat him.
(third-person singular simple present expenses, present participle expensing, simple past and past participle expensed)
- To charge a cost against an expense account; to bill something to the company for which one works.
- It should be acceptable to expense a business lunch with a client.