AskDefine | Define expend

Dictionary Definition



1 use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions" [syn: use]
2 pay out; "spend money" [syn: spend, drop]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To consume or exhaust some resource.
  2. In the context of "transitive|rare": To spend or disburse money.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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