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English definition of “expense”

expense

verb [T]     /ɪkˈspens/ ACCOUNTING
to show the full amount of money paid for something as a cost in a company's accounts, rather than showing it as a lower and lower amount over a period of time: The accounting rule allows research-and-development costs to be instantly expensed or deducted from profits.
(Definition of expense verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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