Expense meaning

ĭk-spĕns
An expenditure of money; a cost.

An improvement that was well worth the expense; a trip with all expenses paid.

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Something requiring the expenditure of money.

Redecorating the house will be a considerable expense.

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(archaic) The act of expending.
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(obs.) The act of expending; a spending or using up.
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Any cost or sacrifice.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Financial cost; fee; charge.
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A cause of spending; drain on one's finances.

A car can be a considerable expense.

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To charge or record as an expense.
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To charge to an expense account.
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To charge with expenses.
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To write off as an expense.
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at (one's) expense
  • To one's detriment or chagrin:
    Telling jokes at my expense.
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at the expense of
  • with the payment, onus, loss, etc. borne by
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

at (one's) expense

Origin of expense

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman from Latin (pecūnia) expēnsa (money) paid out feminine past participle of expendere to pay out expend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman expense, from Old French espense, from Late Latin expensa, from Latin expendere. See expend.

    From Wiktionary