Definition of expense in English:

expense

noun

mass noun
  • 1The cost incurred in or required for something.

    ‘conference rooms were equipped at great expense’
    ‘book into the best hotel you can find and hang the expense’
    • ‘The fixed costs, variable costs, the interest expense and depreciation are allowable deductions.’
    • ‘This charge only covers the basics and any ‘cosmetic’ treatment will of course incur additional expense.’
    • ‘Well, you never just incur expense; you always incur expense for something.’
    • ‘It would simply be part of the overhead expense incurred by the solicitor in the proper conduct of his practice.’
    • ‘They have to do so at their own expense as the cost of living increases.’
    • ‘Until then they need not concern themselves about the current market rent nor need they incur expense in obtaining advice with regard thereto.’
    • ‘So any incurred expense will go directly into materials rather than additional tools.’
    • ‘If the buyer then fails to accept the bill, the supplier may incur considerable expense in retrieving the situation.’
    • ‘It also incurs the added expense of rigid triage at entry into the system to determine if demand is indeed urgent.’
    • ‘Owners of regularly flooded houses could opt to seal their properties from flood waters at their own expense - at a cost of up to £8,000.’
    • ‘The repeat exercise will incur further expense for the taxpayers.’
    • ‘And speaking of expense, the cost of using email is skyrocketing.’
    • ‘An order to give notice would require that the parties incur further substantial expense with no corresponding benefit.’
    • ‘The only new expense incurred would be the cost of walkie-talkies for the official and the technical advisor.’
    • ‘The only such expense incurred to date relates to one session of dance lessons in which the petitioner enrolled the children.’
    • ‘I am concerned about the fact that all this expense has been incurred.’
    • ‘The extra expense of higher fuel costs can be offset, at least temporarily, by winning the bet on rising prices.’
    • ‘The ostensible justification for this profiteering at public expense is the cost of research into new drugs.’
    • ‘How do those costs compare with the expense incurred in buying into and getting out of a managed fund?’
    • ‘The attempt to recover costs had simply incurred further public expense on both sides.’
    cost, price
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    1. 1.1expenses The costs incurred in the performance of one's job or a specific task.
      ‘his hotel and travel expenses’
      • ‘His airfare and hotel expenses were charged to the Harbour Fest.’
      • ‘The charges purely cover the cost of any travel expenses, blank CDs etc etc.’
      • ‘Anything above that is insurance premium tax, office costs, marketing expenses and commission for sellers.’
      • ‘They are in addition to payments being made by BA for hotel, transport and food expenses incurred by disrupted passengers.’
      • ‘A broader range of expenses incurred by business will become tax deductible.’
      • ‘Here he engaged in another traditional hobby of the expat - the claiming of expenses incurred in the line of duty.’
      • ‘It was stressed that the allowances are not a salary per se, but are intended to pay for postage and telephone costs and other expenses.’
      • ‘The fee does not include travel expenses incurred by the guest (which need to be reimbursed separately).’
      • ‘The money goes towards running costs, including office expenses, classroom materials and cleaning bills.’
      • ‘A fortunate few have previously negotiated conversion from lease to proper title with the former laird for just the cost of the legal expenses.’
      • ‘Although it is true that the price of flour has been lowered, have any of the other associated bakery expenses and costs been reduced?’
      • ‘Supplementary expenses rate £25 per night to cover incidental expenses and cost of evening meal.’
      • ‘Note that these amounts do not include travel and lodging expenses nor the cost of running an office in their riding.’
      • ‘They finally had enough revenues to cover their fixed costs and marketing expenses.’
      • ‘The money could then be set aside in a special fund which would be used to reimburse the state for incurring these expenses.’
      • ‘They are only paid for administration costs and associated expenses.’
      • ‘How is it logical to spend the same amount in transport expenses as it would cost to keep the factory open?’
      • ‘They pointed out that savings on rentals elsewhere and reduced traveling expenses was servicing the cost of the new building.’
      • ‘It also provides financial help to family members to cover travel expenses, hotel costs and phone bills.’
      • ‘His total claim of £128,053 went towards paying for housing allowances, office costs and travel expenses.’
      cost, asking price, selling price, charge, fee, terms, payment, rate, fare, levy, toll, amount, sum, total, figure
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    2. 1.2count noun A thing on which one is required to spend money.
      ‘tolls are a daily expense’
      • ‘Any normal expense incurred in the day-to-day operations of the company falls under this category.’
      • ‘There was a subsidy to assist farmers, but with the rising cost of electricity this expense was still a major burden.’
      outgoing, payment, outlay, disbursement, expenditure, charge, bill, overhead
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Offset (an item of expenditure) as an expense against taxable income.

    ‘up to $17,500 in capital expenditures can be expensed in the year they were incurred’
    • ‘Stock options are on their way to being expensed, which will cut income-tax revenues.’
    • ‘Suppose he told you that the cost of the accumulator would add up to an estimated half of next year's profits, but would be expensed over the 30 years in question.’
    • ‘What matters is that options issued to employees have value and therefore they must be expensed.’
    • ‘They must be expensed through the income statement, because the future benefits of such investments are so uncertain.’
    • ‘He was one of the first CEOs to come out for expensing stock options.’
    • ‘The more people talk about the debate over expensing stock options, the less of a big deal it appears to be.’
    • ‘If options had been expensed in 2002, for example, 23% of the stock market's earnings would have been erased.’
    • ‘His evidence that nothing has changed since the energy company collapsed is the fact that the law still does not require stock options to be expensed before they are exercised.’
    • ‘But for stable mature companies, they should be expensed, or other methods of compensation should be used.’
    • ‘And it will change its accounting procedures to expense the stock options it already issued.’
    • ‘Finally, the Internet provider gave up and completely expensed its $385 million in customer-acquisition costs.’
    • ‘High-tech companies can make a reasonable case that stock options should not be expensed because they are an important employee incentive in their fast-paced world.’
    • ‘Options play a huge role in economic growth and expensing them could hurt small companies.’
    • ‘When you give money to an employee for doing a job, it's compensation and it ought to be expensed in the current period.’
    • ‘The pain will be eased to the extent that the standard is being phased in and, at the outset, only options issued post November 2002 will be expensed.’
    • ‘Compensation cost arising from the issuance of stock options may be expensed or capitalized in the same way as cash compensation.’
    • ‘Anecdotal evidence suggests a growing number of Old Economy companies are moving away from stock options to restricted stock, which must be expensed on the income statement.’
    • ‘Share options simply broaden the ownership of the company, involve no cash outflows and are not a cost that should be expensed to the profit and loss account.’
    • ‘Like stock options, phantom stock must be expensed throughout its vesting period.’
    • ‘He proposes that the fair value of share options granted should be expensed to the profit and loss account.’
    1. 1.1informal Charge (something) to an expense account.
      ‘I can expense the refreshments’
      • ‘He must be one of the few tabloid journalists who can get away with expensing cocaine.’
      • ‘You're expensing the pizza, and you're still making me pay you for half?’
      • ‘He was in the neighbourhood on work anyway, so he took a side-trip to a nice place to golf, expensed it, and then repaid the expenses later on.’
      • ‘It's usually not too expensive and you may be able to expense it.’
      • ‘The drink and food was a bit on the high side, but then again, I was on business and expensed it anyway.’
      • ‘If this person is now officially a ‘friend,’ stop expensing those meals and coffees.’
      • ‘Just try expensing your work calls, what a hassle.’

Phrases

  • at someone's expense

    • 1Paid for by someone.

      ‘the document was printed at the taxpayer's expense’
      • ‘It is especially onerous for them to do this at the taxpayer's expense.’
      • ‘The document requires the architect to modify contract documents, at the architect's expense, if bids exceed the owner's budget.’
      • ‘These privileged persons arrive with families and hangers-on in helicopters, which land them at a helipad near the Park entrance, all at the taxpayer's expense.’
      • ‘Others include tax breaks and major infrastructure projects - such as road-building, at the taxpayer's expense.’
      • ‘The trade commission opens an investigation and demands the physician group turn over thousands of pages of documents at the group's expense.’
      • ‘A private company, subsidised by the taxpayer, is given a license to print money at our expense.’
      • ‘It is an invitation to the courts to rule that prisoners are entitled to expensive education at the taxpayer's expense.’
      • ‘Politicians last night dismissed suggestions that a new service giving MPs special access to a London medical centre was queue-jumping at the taxpayer's expense.’
      • ‘Where the ministers see opportunities, though, many taxpayers simply see junkets and jamborees - at their expense.’
      • ‘It seems very likely, one way or another, that lawyers will make money from this at the taxpayer's expense.’
      1. 1.1With someone as the victim, especially of a joke.
        ‘my friends all had a good laugh at my expense’
        • ‘He seemed to be laughing himself silly at some of the jokes at his expense, but it may be that he's a good enough actor to fake enjoyment.’
        • ‘I was really glad that someone out there was having a laugh at my expense, because if this was some sick cosmic joke then it was by no means funny.’
        • ‘He used the opportunity to joke at the city 's expense.’
        • ‘My week had been much too awful to accept his making a joke of me and having a laugh at my expense.’
        • ‘Now here's something funny - at least according to my wife, who loves to laugh at my expense: I didn't get the world's funniest joke.’
        • ‘She always thought that I was the one using wordplay to make a joke at her expense.’
        • ‘Dan had made a joke at my expense and everyone was laughing.’
        • ‘He told police that some of his children changed their last name to avoid the jokes being made at their expense.’
        • ‘What started out as a convenient short-cut for the writers has become a running joke, at the show's expense.’
        • ‘The suspicion lingered with him that someone was making a joke at his expense.’
  • at the expense of

    • So as to cause harm to or neglect of.

      ‘the pursuit of profit at the expense of the environment’
      • ‘He is convinced that the tilt towards the environment at the expense of productivity has gone too far.’
      • ‘The strategy may have been to go for turnover growth at the expense of profit margins.’
      • ‘Behind the move is a scramble to cut costs and boost profits at the expense of workers everywhere.’
      • ‘Discouraging access seems to provide minimal benefits at the expense of very poor public relations.’
      • ‘His aim was predominance, but not at the expense of at least the appearance of popularity.’
      • ‘I suppose there's a case for continuity, but surely not at the expense of progress.’
      • ‘Another risk posed by big clients is that they take up staff time at the expense of other, smaller clients.’
      • ‘It might prove to be a success at the economic level but this would be at the expense of quality of life.’
      • ‘Why do we spend so much on things that give us tiny increases in comfort at the expense of so many other people?’
      • ‘He said using the 2001 census was benefiting urban areas at the expense of rural areas.’
      sacrifice, cost, loss
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, alteration of Old French espense, from late Latin expensa (pecunia) ‘(money) spent’, from Latin expendere ‘pay out’ (see expend).

Pronunciation

expense

/ɪkˈspɛns//ɛkˈspɛns/