ex·​pen·​di·​ture | \ ik-ˈspen-di-chər How to pronounce expenditure (audio) , -də-ˌchu̇r, -də-ˌt(y)u̇r \

Definition of expenditure

1 : the act or process of expending an expenditure of energy
2 : something expended : disbursement, expense income should exceed expenditures

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Examples of expenditure in a Sentence

an increase in military expenditures an increase in military expenditure vast expenditures of time and effort The energy expenditure was significant. the expenditure of funds for the new school The project will require an expenditure of effort on everyone's part.
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Recent Examples on the Web International money pays for roughly 75% of all of Afghanistan’s costs while government revenue covers barely a quarter of Afghan public expenditures. Washington Post, "Afghans will need billions more in aid, as US looks to leave," 31 Jan. 2020 The plan outlines realignments of expenditures for our current financial situation, proposes potential income generation capitalizing upon our unique location and strengths, and provides for an enhanced educational vision. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eight candidates are running for a seat on the Palmyra-Eagle school board. Here are their plans for the district.," 29 Jan. 2020 The Secret Service spent at least $250,000 at Trump's properties in the first five months of his term, according to records of federal charge card expenditures released last year to a watchdog group, Property of the People. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration seeks to delay Secret Service travel disclosures until after election," 9 Jan. 2020 Jeremiah Quarles told police his wife knew of one expenditure, but DeSoto officers and the Dallas County district attorney’s office did little to investigate her potential role, The News found. Miles Moffeit, Dallas News, "Improper payments to DeSoto councilwoman’s husband now top $140K, according to audit," 5 Jan. 2020 Also at Friday's meeting, lawmakers received a report of athletic expenditures at Arkansas colleges and universities for 2018-19. Hunter Field, Arkansas Online, "Tax incentives audit cites impact on state; critics doubt programs key to luring firms," 14 Dec. 2019 One of the biggest expenditures is government salaries for the millions of Saudis that work in the public sector. CBS News, "Saudi Aramco shares jump in IPO, making it more valuable than Apple," 11 Dec. 2019 Like most North Shore school districts, District 35 receives most of its funding through local property taxes, with salaries and benefits representing 77% of district expenditures, Edelheit said. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe District 35 increases property tax levy by 4.45%," 8 Dec. 2019 The program is the biggest item in the European Union’s central budget, accounting for 40 percent of expenditures. Benjamin Novak, New York Times, "The Money Farmers: How Oligarchs and Populists Milk the E.U. for Millions," 3 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of expenditure

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for expenditure

irregular from expend

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The first known use of expenditure was in 1769

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12 Feb 2020

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“Expenditure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expenditure. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce expenditure (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of expenditure

: an amount of money that is spent on something
: an amount of time, energy, effort, etc., that is used to do something
: the act of spending money


ex·​pen·​di·​ture | \ ik-ˈspen-di-chər How to pronounce expenditure (audio) \

Kids Definition of expenditure

1 : the act of spending (as money, time, or energy)
2 : something that is spent Keep a record of your expenditures.


ex·​pen·​di·​ture | \ ik-ˈspen-di-chər, -ˌchu̇r How to pronounce expenditure (audio) \

Legal Definition of expenditure

1 : the act or process of paying out
2 : something paid out — see also capital expenditure

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