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
  1. verb

    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)

  2. verb

    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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