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This page has 5 definitions of expense in English and Latin. Expense is a noun, verb and participle. Examples of how to use expense in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English expense definition

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From Middle English expense, from Anglo-Norman expense and Old French espense, from Late Latin expēnsa, from Latin expendō. See expend.


  • IPA(key): /ɪkˈspɛns/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛns
  • Hyphenation: ex‧pense


expense (countable and uncountable, plural expenses)

  1. A spending or consuming, often a disbursement of 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.
  2. The elimination or consumption of something, sometimes with the notion of loss or damage to the thing eliminated.
    Jones reached the final at the expense of Smith, who couldn't beat him.
  3. (obsolete) Loss.


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expense (third-person singular simple present expenses, present participle expensing, simple past and past participle expensed)

  1. (transitive) 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.

Derived terms

  • expense magazine, (military): a small magazine containing ammunition for immediate use. - Henry Lee Scot Military Dictionary

Latin expense definition



  1. vocative masculine singular of expēnsus