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Meaning of EXPENSE

Pronunciation:  ik'spens

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a detriment or sacrifice; "at the expense of"
  2. [n]  amounts paid for goods and services that may be currently tax deductible (as opposed to capital expenditures)
  3. [n]  money spent to perform work and usually reimbursed by an employer; "he kept a careful record of his expenses at the meeting"

EXPENSE is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: disbursal, disbursement
 See Also: budget items, business expense, cost, detriment, expenditure, hurt, incidental, incidental expense, interest expense, lobbying expense, medical expense, minor expense, moving expense, operating cost, operating expense, outgo, outlay, overhead, personal expense, trade expense, travel expense



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex*pense"\, n. [L. expensa (sc. pecunia), or expensum,
fr. expensus, p. p. of expendere. See {Expend}.]
1. A spending or consuming; disbursement; expenditure.

         Husband nature's riches from expense. --Shak.

2. 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.

         Courting popularity at his party's expense.

3. Loss. [Obs.] --Shak.

         And moan the expense of many a vanished sight.

{Expense magazine} (Mil.), a small magazine containing
   ammunition for immediate use. --H. L. Scott.

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