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Princeton's WordNet

  1. expense, disbursal, disbursement(noun)

    amounts paid for goods and services that may be currently tax deductible (as opposed to capital expenditures)

  2. expense(noun)

    a detriment or sacrifice

    "at the expense of"

  3. expense(verb)

    money spent to perform work and usually reimbursed by an employer

    "he kept a careful record of his expenses at the meeting"

  4. expense, write off, write down(verb)

    reduce the estimated value of something

    "For tax purposes you can write off the laser printer"


  1. expense(Noun)

    A spending or consuming. Often specifically an act of disbursing or spending funds.

  2. expense(Noun)

    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 couldnu00B4t beat him.

  3. expense(Noun)


  4. expense(Verb)

    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.

  5. Origin: From expensa, or expensum, from expensus, past participle of expendere. See expend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expense(noun)

    a spending or consuming; disbursement; expenditure

  2. Expense(noun)

    that which is expended, laid out, or consumed; cost; outlay; charge; -- sometimes with the notion of loss or damage to those on whom the expense falls; as, the expenses of war; an expense of time

  3. Expense(noun)


  4. Origin: [L. expensa (sc. pecunia), or expensum, fr. expensus, p. p. of expendere. See Expend.]


  1. Expense

    In common usage, an expense or expenditure is an outflow of money to another person or group to pay for an item or service, or for a category of costs. For a tenant, rent is an expense. For students or parents, tuition is an expense. Buying food, clothing, furniture or an automobile is often referred to as an expense. An expense is a cost that is "paid" or "remitted", usually in exchange for something of value. Something that seems to cost a great deal is "expensive". Something that seems to cost little is "inexpensive". "Expenses of the table" are expenses of dining, refreshments, a feast, etc. In accounting, expense has a very specific meaning. It is an outflow of cash or other valuable assets from a person or company to another person or company. This outflow of cash is generally one side of a trade for products or services that have equal or better current or future value to the buyer than to the seller. Technically, an expense is an event in which an asset is used up or a liability is incurred. In terms of the accounting equation, expenses reduce owners' equity. The International Accounting Standards Board defines expenses as

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expense' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3589

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expense' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3621

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expense' in Nouns Frequency: #970

How to pronounce expense?

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How to say expense in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expense in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of expense in a Sentence

  1. Greg Buzek:

    That causes great expense for retailers.

  2. Samuel Goldwyn:

    Spare no expense to save money on this one.

  3. Debra Newman:

    It just knocks the socks off any other expense.

  4. Marquis de Sade:

    Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.

  5. Samuel Goldwyn:

    Spare no expense to make everything as economical as possible.

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