expenditure

noun ex·pen·di·ture \ ik-ˈspen-di-chər , -də-ˌchu̇r , -də-ˌt(y)u̇r \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of expenditure

1 : the act or process of expending
  • an expenditure of energy
2 : something expended : disbursement, expense
  • income should exceed expenditures

Examples of expenditure in a Sentence

  1. an increase in military expenditures

  2. an increase in military expenditure

  3. vast expenditures of time and effort

  4. The energy expenditure was significant.

  5. the expenditure of funds for the new school

  6. The project will require an expenditure of effort on everyone's part.

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Origin and Etymology of expenditure

irregular from expend

EXPENDITURE Defined for English Language Learners

expenditure

noun

Definition of expenditure for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

expenditure

noun ex·pen·di·ture \ ik-ˈspen-di-chər \

Definition of expenditure for Students

1 : the act of spending (as money, time, or energy)
2 : something that is spent
  • Keep a record of your expenditures.

Law Dictionary

expenditure

noun 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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