expense meaning

EN[ɪkˈspɛns] [-ɛns]
  • Expenses redirects here. For the row about members' expenses in the UK Parliament which started about May 2009, see United Kingdom Parliamentary expenses scandal.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Definition of expense in English Dictionary

  • NounPLexpenses
    1. A spending or consuming. Often specifically an act of disbursing or spending funds.
      1. She went to great expense to ensure her children would get the best education.
      2. Buying the car was a big expense, but will be worth it in the long run.
      3. We had a training weekend in New York, at the expense of our company.
    2. That which is expended, laid out, or consumed. Sometimes with the notion of loss or damage to those on whom the expense falls.
      1. Jones reached the final at the expense of Jones, who couldn´t beat him.
    3. OBS Loss.
    4. VerbSGexpensesPRexpensingPT, PPexpensed
      1. VT To charge a cost against an expense account; to bill something to the company for which one works.
        1. It should be acceptable to expense a business lunch with a client.
    5. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • These are the same vulture funds now flying over Greece, holding unrestructured private debt and gloating at the prospects of unwarranted profits at the expense of others’ misfortune.
        • Disharmony, disunity and segregationalism reign supreme in the society of the "Brahmanic" Hindus at the expense of unity, integration and harmony.
        • such knowledge, for the daughter of Andrew Undershaft, will clearly lead to something hopefuller than distributing bread and treacle at the expense of Bodger.
      2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
        • My stipend for doing public service is barely enough to cover living expenses.
        • It is often suggested that politicians are too inclined to cosy up to big business in order to receive funds for election expenses.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Nouns
        • Countable nouns
        • Verbs
          • Transitive verbs
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        1. en expenses
        2. en expensed
        3. en expenseful
        4. en expenseless
        5. en expense account
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        Meaning of expense for the defined word.

        Grammatically, this word "expense" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, a transitive verb.
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