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expense

noun     /ɪkˈspens/
B2 [U] the use of money , time , or effort : Buying a bigger car has proved to be well worth the expense. We've just had a new garage built at great expense. We went on holiday at my father's expense (= he paid for it). It's silly to go to the expense of (= spend money on) buying new clothes when you don't really need them.Costs and expenses [C] something that makes you spend money : Our biggest expense this year was our summer holiday . We need to cut down on our expenses .Costs and expenses expenses C1 [plural] money that you spend when you are doing your job , that your employer will pay back to you: I need to get my expenses approved .UK Don't worry about the cost of lunch - it's on expenses.Costs and expenses
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