expenditure

noun
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 While oil companies the world over are reducing capital expenditure amid the oil price crash and pandemic, Lopez Obrador has tasked Pemex and the Energy Ministry with continuing daily work on a new $8 billion refinery in the president’s home state. Amy Stillman, Bloomberg.com, "Mounting Virus Deaths Show the Perils of Working for Pemex," 29 May 2020 Further capital expenditures are needed to build a factory to manufacture it. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The story of cheaper batteries, from smartphones to Teslas," 22 May 2020 What’s more, the capital expenditure required for hotels was much more intensive than that for airlines, with refurbishments required every five to seven years, impacting overall profitability. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Hotel Brands Started as Glamorous Housing for Flight Attendants," 11 May 2020 The company has a goal of axing more than $100 million in costs from the business and achieving more than $25 million in savings from reduced capital expenditures during the current quarter. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Pandemic hurts San Antonio-based Clear Channel’s 1Q results," 6 May 2020 With pretty low limits on donations to the candidates, the big bucks are spent using independent expenditure committees. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Should California move its primary again?," 9 Mar. 2020 Political power has shifted from political parties to outside groups that use their own independent expenditure committees, known as super PACs. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Ten years later, Citizens United has boosted megadonors more than corporations," 21 Jan. 2020 The men are also accused of making contributions to candidates for state and federal office, joint fundraising committees and independent expenditure committees in the names of other people. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — Two Florida businessmen tied to President Trump’s lawyer and the Ukraine investigation were charged Thursday with federal campaign finance violations. The charges relate to a $325,000 donation to a group supporting Trump’s reelection.," 11 Oct. 2019 The men are also accused of making contributions to candidates for state and federal office, joint fundraising committees and independent expenditure committees in the names of other people. Eric Tucker, Twin Cities, "Florida men tied to Giuliani, Ukraine probe arrested," 11 Oct. 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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3 Jun 2020

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“Expenditure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expenditure. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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expenditure

noun
How to pronounce expenditure (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of expenditure

formal
: 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

expenditure

noun
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.

expenditure

noun
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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