Expend vs expand

Expend and expand are words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables expend and expand, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences.

Expend means to use something or to spend something. Expend is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are expends, expended, expending. The word expend is derived from the Latin word expendere, which means to weigh out money.

Expand means to make something larger, to increase something in size, scope or extent. Expand may also mean to spread out, to stretch out. Finally, expand may mean to elaborate upon a story. Expand is a verb that is derived from the Latin word expandere which means to unfold or to spread out. Related words are expands, expanded, expanding.


Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the state and each political subdivision or governmental entity that conducts or oversees elections in this state shall not accept or expend private, donated funds for registering voters or for preparing for, conducting or overseeing an election. (River Cities’ Reader)

As parents of three teenage daughters, my wife and I expend a lot of our leisure time managing other people’s laundry. (Greeneville Sun)

President Joe Biden on Friday formed a bipartisan commission to study potential U.S. Supreme Court changes including expanding the number of justices beyond the current nine, a goal of some liberal Democrats hoping to end its conservative majority. (Reuters)

Hong Kong health authorities, acting on the advice of experts, have expanded the scope of a partial evacuation at a Tuen Mun housing estate at the centre of a new coronavirus cluster after two more cases were confirmed there on Saturday. (South China Morning Post)