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Meaning of expense

ex•pense

Pronunciation: (ik-spens'), [key]
— n., v., -pensed, -pens•ing.
—n.
  1. cost or charge: the expense of a good meal.
  2. a cause or occasion of spending: A car can be a great expense.
  3. the act of expending; expenditure.
  4. to receive a salary and expenses.
    1. charges incurred during a business assignment or trip.
    2. money paid as reimbursement for such charges:to receive a salary and expenses.
  5. at the sacrifice of; to the detriment of: quantity at the expense of quality.
—v.t.
  1. to charge or write off as an expense.
—v.i.
  1. to be expensed.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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