ex·​pen·​di·​ture | \ik-ˈspen-di-chər, -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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But not a single dollar of the group’s $7.4 million in independent expenditures this year has gone toward electing Democrats, Center of Responsive Politics data show. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Wall Street, Business Donors Bet on Democrats," 4 Nov. 2018 The revised five-year fiscal plan, which serves as an economic blueprint for the island, anticipates a 6 percent increase in revenues and a 7 percent decrease in expenditures for this fiscal year. Danica Coto, The Seattle Times, "Board urges Puerto Rico to implement tax, labor reforms," 22 Oct. 2018 To help alleviate the supply situation, Swan said Intel will invest a company-record $15 billion in capital expenditures over the course of the year, $1 billion more than previously anticipated. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel supply woes could lead to pricier PCs, or a stampede to AMD's Ryzen," 28 Sep. 2018 Linking the survey data to Medicare claims, the researchers found a nearly twofold difference in expenditures during the last month of life in the lowest-spending areas compared to the highest ones. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "Physicians’ beliefs may override cancer patients’ wishes for end-of-life care, study finds," 9 July 2018 In an email to the Villager on Thursday, June 29 Rudy said the city began its capital improvement program in Fiscal Year 2011 with $400,000 in capital expenditures. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Coffer running dry in Oak Ridge North; city looks toward future," 30 June 2018 Her finance reports list $395,000 in expenditures against $533,000 in contributions over the two-year period. William L. Spence, idahostatesman, "Idaho governor candidates spent $11 million trying to get your votes," 19 June 2018 USA TODAY's examination of public capital spending data and research compiled by Susquehanna International Group found Sears and Kmart spent 91 cents in capital expenditures per square foot in the fiscal year that ended in February. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Sears, Kmart stores ailing as CEO Eddie Lampert's hedge fund gets hundreds of millions," 18 June 2018 One of the goals of the corporate tax reform is to increase investment in capital expenditures, and that's really going to take a hit. Fox News, "How can the US assess North Korea's nuclear arsenal?," 17 June 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

Legal Definition of expenditure 

1 : the act or process of paying out

2 : something paid out — see also capital expenditure

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