from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something spent to attain a goal or accomplish a purpose: an expense of time and energy on the project.
- n. A loss for the sake of something gained; a sacrifice: achieved speed at the expense of accuracy.
- n. An expenditure of money; a cost: an improvement that was well worth the expense; a trip with all expenses paid.
- n. Charges incurred by an employee in the performance of work: was reimbursed for her travel expenses.
- n. Informal Money allotted for payment of such charges.
- n. Something requiring the expenditure of money: Redecorating the house will be a considerable expense.
- n. Archaic The act of expending.
- transitive v. To charge with expenses.
- transitive v. To write off as an expense.
- idiom at (one's) expense To one's detriment or chagrin: telling jokes at my expense.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A spending or consuming. Often specifically an act of disbursing or spending funds.
- n. That which is expended, laid out, or consumed. Sometimes with the notion of loss or damage to those on whom the expense falls.
- n. Loss.
- v. To charge a cost against an expense account; to bill something to the company for which one works.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A spending or consuming; disbursement; expenditure.
- n. That which is expended, laid out, or consumed; cost; outlay; charge; -- sometimes with the notion of loss or damage to those on whom the expense falls.
- n. Loss.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A laying out or expending; the disbursing of money; employment and consumption, as of time or labor; expenditure.
- n. Specifically Great or undue expenditure; prodigality.
- n. That which is expended, laid out, or consumed; especially, money expended; cost; charge: as, a prudent man limits his expenses by his income.
- n. Cost through diminution or deterioration; damage or loss from any detracting cause, especially a moral one: preceded by at: as, he did this at the expense of his character.
- To charge or debit with an item of incurred expense to be collected from the proper party and accounted for by the chargee: used chiefly in dealings between express or railway companies or their agencies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a detriment or sacrifice
- n. money spent to perform work and usually reimbursed by an employer
- v. reduce the estimated value of something
- n. amounts paid for goods and services that may be currently tax deductible (as opposed to capital expenditures)
If this expense is allowed to go through, this city is going to have lot of explaining to do to taxpayers.
On Monday, Giannoulias defended the purchase by saying the expense is a reasonable operating expense because it's used at times to market the Bright Start program, although his office could not explain how much it was used for marketing and how often it was driven by Giannoulias.
Mr Augustine will be keenly aware that this expense is a pittance compared to the costs of sticking with an overly ambitious requirement that is such a huge cost driver.
If you disagree with McCain and think Congressmen shoveling out tons of money to their friends at our expense is a good idea then say so.
You want to choose a mutual fund that has a low, what they call expense ratio.
WILLIS: Well, if you want to know what fees the fund charges, look for what they call the expense ratio.
The first to acquiesce in the arrangement to pay a part of their term expense by working at the academy during the vacation were some boys, who had not learned to work; and it seemed impossible for them to conceal the fact that they did not want to work.
An "expense" is something that is a charge on the income statement that ceteris paribus reduces the company's net income and net worth on its balance sheet.
We do not need to know what he said in his off moments (most of his moments were off though) but for a trusted aide to write a book at his expense, is pretty awful.
Oh, so we can keep paying more for healthcare and that expense is OK .... this guy (R) is talking about how people dont really want this bla bla, blurring lines between healthcare and debts but has he spoken to the Americans who want healthcare reform??