tr.v. ex·pend·ed, ex·pend·ing, ex·pends
1. To lay out; spend: expending tax revenues on education. See Synonyms at spend.
2. To use up; consume: "Every effort seemed to expend her spirit's force" (George Meredith).
[Middle English expenden, from Latin expendere, to pay out : ex-, ex- + pendere, to weigh; see (s)pen- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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