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Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.
William Blake
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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] expensa, or expensum, from expensus, past participle of expendere. See expend.

Pronunciation

Noun

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Singular
expense

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  1. A spending or consuming; disbursement; expenditure.
    Husband nature's riches from expense. - Shakespeare, Sonnet XCIV
  2. That which is expended, laid out, or consumed; cost; outlay; charge; -- sometimes with the notion of loss or damage to those on whom the expense falls; as, the expenses of war; an expense of time.
  3. Courting popularity at his party's expense. - Brougham?
  4. (obsolete) Loss. - Shakespeare
    And moan the expense of many a vanished sight. - Edmund Spenser

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Verb

Infinitive
to expense

Third person singular
expenses

Simple past
expensed

Past participle
-

Present participle
expensing

to expense (third-person singular simple present expenses, present participle expensing, simple past and past participle expensed)
  1. (transitive) To charge a cost against an expense account; to bill something to the company for which one works.
    It should be acceptable to expense a business lunch with a client.

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