The verb expend means to use. If you expend all your energy raking the leaves, you may be too tired to play hockey afterwards. Better pace yourself — you'll never get all of the leaves on the ground, after all.

The verb expend means to spend or pay out. You can expend money, but you can also expend things like good will and time. As a voter, you can vote for or against the city's plan to expend money on a new library building, but the city may be expending voter willingness to support the plan if the building goes over the budget. There is no point in building a library if they can't afford to buy books!

Definitions of expend

v use up or consume fully

“The legislature expended its time on school questions”
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abuse, misuse, pervert
change the inherent purpose or function of something
use wrongly or improperly or excessively
use frugally or carefully
occupy, take, use up
require (time or space)
blow, squander, waste
spend thoughtlessly; throw away
violate or abuse
take in vain
use a name, such as God, without proper respect
spend or use time
spend (significant amounts of money)

v pay out

drop, spend
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consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out
use up (resources or materials)
consume, squander, ware, waste
spend extravagantly
be able to spare or give up
spend lavishly or wastefully on
trifle away, wanton, wanton away
spend wastefully
spend at less than the normal rate
spend (money or other resources) unwisely
nickel-and-dime, penny-pinch
spend money frugally; spend as little as possible
commit, invest, place, put
make an investment
economise, economize, save
spend sparingly, avoid the waste of
lay out
spend or invest
piddle, piddle away, trifle, wanton, wanton away
waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently
spend time badly or unwisely
run out
exhaust the supply of
deplete of resources
indulge, luxuriate
enjoy to excess
dissipate, fool, fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, shoot
spend frivolously and unwisely
luxuriate, wanton
become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously
burn, burn off, burn up
use up (energy)
invest money in government securities
lavish, shower
expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns
spend at a high rate
spend completely
tighten one's belt
live frugally and use less resources
fling, splurge
indulge oneself
roll over
re-invest (a previous investment) into a similar fund or security
invest (money) so that it is not taxable
tie up
invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes
job, speculate
invest at a risk
exhaust, play out, run down, sap, tire
buy into
buy stocks or shares of a company
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give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

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