Expense - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈspens|  American pronunciation of the word expense
Brit.  |ɪkˈspɛns|  British pronunciation of the word expense


- amounts paid for goods and services that may be currently tax deductible (as opposed to capital expenditures) (syn: disbursal, disbursement)
- a detriment or sacrifice
- money spent to perform work and usually reimbursed by an employer


- reduce the estimated value of something


I don't think a first-class ticket is worth the added expense.

The annual fee is simply an expense of doing business.

A new car is a major expense.

He borrowed £150,000 and used the money for legal expenses.

Conference rooms were equipped at great expense.

The council must now decide whether to go to the expense of appealing through the courts.

Julie's parents had spared no expense for her wedding (=they spent all the money necessary to buy the best things).

Everything has been provided tonight - no expense spared.

Redecorating the house will be a considerable expense.

We expensed our moving cost.

A car can be a great expense.

he kept a careful record of his expenses at the meeting

The building was restored at great expense.

...a lavish wedding entails extensive planning and often staggering expense...

...a coworker who likes to chaff at others' expense, and this often results in hurt feelings...

Word forms

singular: expense
plural: expenses
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