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ex·pend

 (ĭk-spĕnd′)
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 Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.expending - the act of spending money for goods or servicesexpending - the act of spending money for goods or services
outlay, spending, disbursal, disbursement - the act of spending or disbursing money
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And the whale soon ceasing to sound, for some time they remained in that attitude, fearful of expending more line, though the position was a little ticklish.
To hear Scrooge expending all the earnestness of his nature on such subjects, in a most extraordinary voice between laughing and crying; and to see his heightened and excited face; would have been a surprise to his business friends in the city, indeed.
One night, I was sitting in the chimney-corner with my slate, expending great efforts on the production of a letter to Joe.
So, for want of better, I talked to myself; I declaimed in the copper box which covered my head, thereby expending more air in vain words than was perhaps wise.
In spite of the gross flattery and coarseness of this address, Madame Danglars could not forbear gazing with considerable interest on a man capable of expending six millions in twelve months, and who had selected Paris for the scene of his princely extravagance.
The difficulty was solved by supposing that the narrator had made a mistake of one day in the date of the occurrence; so that our friend did not hesitate to introduce the story at every tavern and country store along the road, expending a whole bunch of Spanish wrappers among at least twenty horrified audiences.
And thus the people triumphed, after this long contest for the privilege of expending their own money as they saw fit.
But Richard discovered his mistake, when he saw Billy Kirby before him, standing with his feet in the water, at an angle of forty-five degrees, inclining southward, and expending his gigantic strength in sustaining himself in that posture.
He moved through the rooms for some time longer, circulating freely, overtopping most people by his great height, renewing acquaintance with some of the groups to which Urbain de Bellegarde had presented him, and expending generally the surplus of his equanimity.
The problem is not how to guide the balloon, but how to take it up and down without expending the gas which is its strength, its life-blood, its soul, if I may use the expression.