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Definition of expend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

expend

 verb
verb
NAmE//ɪkˈspɛnd//
 
expend something (in/on somebody) expend something (in/on/doing something) (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they expend
 
he / she / it expends
 
past simple expended
 
-ing form expending
 
 
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to use or spend a lot of time, money, energy, etc. She expended all her efforts on the care of her home and children. Smith had expended large sums in pursuing his claim in the courts. Most animals expend a lot of energy searching for food.
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