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Related to expending: expanding


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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Van Baerle began by expending his yearly revenue in laying the groundwork of his collection, after which he broke in upon his new guilders to bring it to perfection.
At the time when Cornelius van Baerle began to devote himself to tulip-growing, expending on this hobby his yearly revenue and the guilders of his father, there was at Dort, living next door to him, a citizen of the name of Isaac Boxtel who from the age when he was able to think for himself had indulged the same fancy, and who was in ecstasies at the mere mention of the word "tulban," which
And thus the people triumphed, after this long contest for the privilege of expending their own money as they saw fit.
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.
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."
Ordnance expending strike sorties in North Vietnam numbered forty, of which thirty-four took place in the first half of the year.
It noted in the documents that enormous expending done in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Tariq Malik suggested that strong industrial base, up to mark exports and expending opportunities for foreign investment can collectively fight back the challenges created by depreciation of the currency.
This means a person can go farther while expending the same amount of energy.