expenditure

noun
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

Synonyms

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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The Revolution’s expenditures are not major on a global scale. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "Revolution continue a spending spree with acquisition of Argentinian striker Gustavo Bou," 10 July 2019 An independent expenditure is money spent on a campaign without the candidate’s knowledge or consent -- often in the form of negative mailers that flood voters’ mailboxes during campaign season. oregonlive.com, "Oregon lawmakers wavering on campaign finance reform," 19 June 2019 Oil covers a third of the $80 billion a year the government spends in Iran, meaning that a fall in oil revenues cuts into its social welfare programs, as well as its military expenditures. Nasser Jarunu, BostonGlobe.com, "Iranians say their ‘bones breaking’ under US sanctions," 24 June 2019 Oil covers a third of the $80 billion a year the government spends in Iran, meaning that a fall in oil revenues cuts into its social welfare programs, as well as its military expenditures. CBS News, "Trump-approved economic sanctions against Iran hurt average Iranians," 24 June 2019 Oil covers a third of the $80 billion a year the government spends in Iran, meaning that a fall in oil revenues cuts into its social welfare programs, as well as its military expenditures. Washington Post, "Iranians say their ‘bones breaking’ under US sanctions," 24 June 2019 These employers will benefit from having fiscal certainty over their health expenditures. Avik Roy, Twin Cities, "Avik Roy: Trump could revolutionize the private health insurance market," 20 June 2019 Salaries accounted for about 8% of its expenditures, according to its 2017 filing, the latest year that is publicly available. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "Charity says it helps foster kids. Records show most of the money goes to salaries, overhead," 20 June 2019 The animal lays still in a dormant state for weeks, minimizing its expenditure of energy. Quanta Magazine, "‘Lava-Lamp’ Proteins May Help Cells Cheat Death," 26 Nov. 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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The first known use of expenditure was in 1769

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expenditure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of expenditure

formal
: 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

noun
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.

expenditure

noun
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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