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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The expenditures in 2019 total $600 million, records show. Lauryn Schroeder, sandiegouniontribune.com, "S.D. school district board sends $3.5 billion bond to November ballot," 10 July 2018 For instructional expenditures for the Houston area, both large and small school districts land at either end of the spending spectrum. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area school districts ranked by spending on instruction per student," 9 July 2018 According to his most recent statement of expenditures, more money is being spent on work done by permanent Department of Justice units than on Mueller's own dedicated operation. Chris Strohm, chicagotribune.com, "Mueller taps more prosecutors to help with growing Trump probe," 5 July 2018 They are also expected to spend $61.4 million in qualified expenditures, which include wages to crew members and in-state vendors. David Ng, latimes.com, "NBC's 'Good Girls' relocating production to California under the state tax credit program," 2 July 2018 More specifically, Galloway said Friday, auditors would look at contracts, bidding practices, compliance with laws, purchasing card expenditures, and sunshine law compliance, among other things. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "'Time for us to take it back': Clay Co. citizens give petitions to Missouri auditor," 29 June 2018 These types of expenditures, as well as many others, are services. Joel Naroff, Philly.com, "Oh, Canada isn't the one that would lose a trade war," 15 June 2018 Because schools are designed to be used by the same owner over many decades, there is plenty of time for energy savings to surpass the extra upfront expenditures, which in any case have plummeted in the past decade. Chris Berdik, WIRED, "Solar Panels Power New Schools—and New Ways of Learning," 6 June 2018 Staff foreign travel represents a tiny fraction of the Legislature's annual expenditures, which topped $267 million last year, primarily for salaries and benefits. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Paris, Japan, Mexico City, Brazil – legislative staff travel at taxpayer expense," 1 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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