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Princeton's WordNet

  1. expense, disbursal, disbursementnoun

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

  2. expensenoun

    a detriment or sacrifice

    "at the expense of"

  3. expenseverb

    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 downverb

    reduce the estimated value of something

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


  1. expensenoun

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

  2. expensenoun

    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. expensenoun


  4. expenseverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EXPENSEnoun

    Cost; charges; money expended.

    Etymology: expensum, Latin.

    Hence comes that wild and vast expense,
    That hath enforc’d Rome’s virtue thence,
    Which simple poverty first made. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    A feast prepar’d with riotous expense,
    Much cost, more care, and most magnificence. Dryden.

    I can see no reason by which we were obliged to make those prodigious expenses. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expensenoun

    a spending or consuming; disbursement; expenditure

  2. Expensenoun

    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. Expensenoun


  4. Etymology: [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

Editors Contribution

  1. expense

    A type of truthful cost.

    Expenses are paid by many organizations and businesses.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

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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

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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. Boris Johnson:

    Putin is squandering his dwindling resources on this pointless and barbaric war. He is bankrolling his ego at the expense of both the Ukrainian and Russian people, we need to starve the Putin regime of its funding.

  2. Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield:

    The pleasure is momentary, the position rediculous, and the expense damnable.

  3. Mark Warner:

    The mission of the intelligence community is to speak truth to power, yet in pushing out two dedicated public servants in as many weeks, once against the President has shown that he has no problem prioritizing his political ego even if it comes at the expense of our national security.

  4. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th earl of Chesterfield, 1749:

    That ready wit, which you so partially allow me, ... may create many admirers; but, take my word for it, it makes few friends. It shines and dazzles like the noonday sun, but, like that, too, it is very apt to scorch, and therefore is always feared. The milder morning and evening light and heat of that planet soothe and calm our minds. Never seek for wit; if it present itself, well and good; but even then, let your judgement interpose, and take care that it be not at the expense of anybody.

  5. Adam Schiff:

    This is not putting America first, but continuing to propagate his own personal fiction at the country’s expense.

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