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English definition of “expend”


verb [T]     /ɪkˈspend/ formal
to use or spend something, especially time , effort , or money : expend energy/effort/time Why do firms expend effort investing abroad , rather than staying home and producing for export ? expend money / resources / funds Managers had to expend a lot of time dealing with the consequences of the incident .
(Definition of expend verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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