expend (something) in (something)

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expend (something) in (something)

To use some resource in some action or pursuit. We've been expending most of our effort in marketing, but we really need to improve the product.
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expend something in something

to use or consume something in some activity. You expend too much energy in talking. Harry expended a lot of time in the preparation of his speech.
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And when he recalled all the incidents of the tour, when he counted up the sums expended in pure loss and on his own account, when he thought that the immense stake, added to the heavy charges of this useless journey, would completely ruin Mr.
One "designer coffee" can add back as many calories as expended in a single exercise session.
Arms manufacturers will need additional months to replenish the precision weapons expended in Afghanistan and to stockpile inventories.
The landlord's attorney submitted that he expended in legal time, disbursements and costs the sum of $115,000.
263(a)(2) also provides that no deduction is allowed for amounts expended in restoring property or in making good the exhaustion thereof, for which an allowance is or has been made (e.g., depreciation, amortization and depletion).
An analysis of the Pittsburgh boys, published in the May 1993 Journal of Abnormal Psychology, finds the lowest IQs clustered among the most delinquent youngsters, regardless of race, family income, or the effort a child expended in completing an IQ test.
On the reasonable assumption that the average amount of time actually expended in a 15-minute increment is 7.5 minutes, all the time entries on average would result in a 7.5-minute overcharge.
Costs of tax enforcement: resources expended in responding to the tax authority.
Although it is convenient to assume that the time and energy expended in quality assurance activities is equally shared by members of the medical staff, in reality this will never be the case.
Upon completion of the project, the general contractor brought suit against the owner to recover its actual total costs expended in completing the project due to numerous errors and changes in the constructions drawings which resulted in extra work beyond the scope of the original contract.