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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Synonyms for expenditure


charge, cost, disbursement, expense, outgo, outlay

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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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In a report dated July 10, NATO estimates that the U.S. defense expenditure as a share of GDP this year will be 3.5 percent. Eugene Kiely, USA TODAY, "Fact check: President Trump’s defense spending exaggerations," 12 July 2018 After initially cutting its $15,000 holiday lighting program from the budget, Oak Park trustees, at the urging of local businesses, will seek to reinstate the expenditure. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "'It’s just that warm, inviting feeling': At urging of business owners, Oak Park to reinstate holiday lighting program," 10 July 2018 The remaining expenditures, about $7,300, encompass miscellaneous items like overweight baggage fees, tips for drivers, concierges, and porters, and tickets to cultural sites. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Paris, Japan, Mexico City, Brazil – legislative staff travel at taxpayer expense," 1 June 2018 The largest expenditure remains the amount paid to Cumulus Radio for two months of radio advertising and for securing performers. Roy S. Johnson, AL.com, "Check that, BJCTA spent $70,398.46 on grand opening and honoring board member," 27 Apr. 2018 Independent expenditure groups have spent more than $3.7 million in the race in advertising on his behalf, more than five times what Democratic groups have contributed. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Polls on eve of crucial Ohio special election show 'neck and neck' race as Trump, GOP face national test," 6 Aug. 2018 Independent expenditure groups are barred from coordinating with campaigns on messaging. Washington Post, "Candidates spend big in California lieutenant governor race," 14 May 2018 Others are independent expenditure groups which, since the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling, can take unlimited contributions. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "'Classic dirty politics': This deep-pocketed group is trying to sway an NC election | Charlotte Observer," 1 May 2018 On the one hand, these expenditures proclaimed success in the American class system. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How the JAP became America’s most complex Jewish stereotype.," 5 Dec. 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 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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