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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web This, in turn, evolved approaches to regulate the expenditure on IT, investments, and new initiatives while ensuring high reliability and resilience. Peter Bendor-samuel, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The $273,610 expenditure was paid for using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. John Benson, cleveland, 7 Apr. 2022 But Bruno Showers, senior policy analyst at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, said the child-tax-credit expenditure alone is not big enough to drive inflation. Ryan Tarinelli, Arkansas Online, 4 Apr. 2022 The positive externalities arising from such projects will help the government enhance the climate resilience of its most vulnerable populations, thus lowering the state expenditure on future disaster relief and rehabilitation. Shreyans Jain, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2022 The next biggest expenditure is for transportation at $2.65 billion. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 At the same time, TSMC is among the fund’s top 10 holdings, and Mr. Clode lauds the company’s capital-expenditure plan as a signal for growth. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 Behind the scenes there is a fight brewing over the wording of a law for a 100-billion euro expenditure. Markus Ziener, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 The $500,000 individual contribution threshold also would apply to independent expenditure committees supporting or opposing a judicial candidate. Clare Spaulding, chicagotribune.com, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Expenditure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expenditure. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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