expenditure

noun

ex·​pen·​di·​ture ik-ˈspen-di-chər How to pronounce expenditure (audio)
-də-ˌchu̇r,
-də-ˌt(y)u̇r
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

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 Although the overall number of transfers remained relatively steady at a total of 357 (+0.3%), the expenditure on international transfer fees reached a historic high, setting a new record at $2.1 million. Assile Toufaily, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Russia’s total military expenditure increased by almost 30 percent last year as the war in Ukraine ground on, the IISS reported, with the Kremlin now estimated to be spending roughly 7.5 percent of its GDP on the military. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 The Fed pays closer attention to personal consumption expenditure (PCE) index inflation, which says more about the prices that people are actually paying instead of what they’re offered. Melvin Backman, Quartz, 13 Feb. 2024 The buy marked the biggest independent expenditure for California House races so far this cycle. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 Employee health benefits are among their highest expenditures, and disinformation could lead to higher health care costs and absenteeism. Bill Novelli, Fortune, 13 Feb. 2024 In total, over $5.8 million has been poured into the race, into candidate committees and independent expenditures. Harriet Blair Rowan, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 In 2023, total global defense expenditure reached $2.2 trillion, a 9% increase from the previous year, a new report from the think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies revealed on Tuesday. TIME, 13 Feb. 2024 If expenditures continue at the current pace of $3.5 million a week, the crisis could cost the city about $180 million in 2024, or 10 percent or more of its annual budget. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

irregular from expend

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of expenditure was in 1769

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Cite this Entry

“Expenditure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expenditure. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

expenditure

noun
ex·​pen·​di·​ture ik-ˈspen-di-chər How to pronounce expenditure (audio)
-də-ˌchu̇(ə)r
1
: the act of spending (as money, time, or energy)
2
: something that is spent

Legal Definition

expenditure

noun
ex·​pen·​di·​ture ik-ˈspen-di-chər, -ˌchu̇r How to pronounce expenditure (audio)
1
: the act or process of paying out
2
: something paid out see also capital expenditure

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