Definition for EX-PEND'

EX-PEND', v.t. [L. expendo; ex and pendo, to weigh; Sp. expender; Fr. depenser, from L. dispendo; It. spendere; properly, to weigh off; hence, to lay out.]

  1. To lay out; to disburse; to spend; to deliver or distribute, either in payment or in donations. We expend money for food, drink and clothing. We expend a little in charity, and a great deal in idle amusements.
  2. To lay out; to use; to employ; to consume; as, to expend time and labor. I hope the time, labor and money expended on this book will not be wholly misemployed.
  3. To use and consume; as, to expend hay in feeding cattle.
  4. To consume; to dissipate; to waste; as, the oil of a lamp is expended in burning; water is expended in mechanical operations.

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