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 On the contrary, his contract would be expensive and potentially massive if Real offloads other high earners to free up wage expenditure. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Adjusted for inflation, that would represent a $204 million expenditure now. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 19 May 2022 The minimum qualifying production expenditure spending threshold is INR25 million ($325,000). Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 18 May 2022 That’s how much the conservative Club for Growth’s independent expenditure arm, known as Club for Growth Action, has spent on ads supporting its candidates facing May primaries, per AdImpact. Mark Murray, NBC News, 9 May 2022 The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the Los Angeles Police Protective League and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce have also put independent expenditure money into council races, among other groups. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 And indoor rock climbing was found to require the same energy expenditure as running 8 to 11 minutes per mile, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus, CNN, 5 May 2022 To reverse a planet’s orbit would require a tremendous energy expenditure or a close encounter with another planet. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 15 Apr. 2022 Rizzo represented the big offseason expenditure for the Yankees. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 9 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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21 May 2022

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“Expenditure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expenditure. Accessed 26 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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