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.
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Recent Examples on the Web But what will the telescope actually do that justifies the decades of effort and expenditure to get it off the ground? Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "The James Webb Space Telescope’s First Year of Extraordinary Science Has Been Revealed," 7 Apr. 2021 Over the next two years, Cisco’s share price collapsed 80 per cent, a total market capitalisation loss of $431bn, as the dot com bubble deflated and telecom capital expenditure with it. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Woke Capitalism — The Next Generation," 12 Mar. 2021 The penalty for failing to file a contribution and expenditure report with the IRS on time would ultimately depend on the total amount of contributions and expenditures that did not get reported, according to IRS rules. Soo Rin Kim, ABC News, "Funding behind 'Stop the Steal' movement shrouded in mystery," 24 Feb. 2021 Conservatives have pointed to the surge at the border and expenditure of taxpayer money to house and transport large numbers of unaccompanied minors emboldened to enter the country by Biden’s election. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "The Biden immigration muddle," 22 Apr. 2021 Both have independent expenditure groups ready to boost them as election day nears. Dan Merica, CNN, "Yes, Andrew Yang could be New York City's next mayor," 13 Apr. 2021 Some of those nations did not deserve our country's massive expenditure to rebuild their lands. David Feingold, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: To end poverty and overcome racism, America needs a new Marshall Plan," 9 Apr. 2021 This is not a time to allow the financial motivations and marketing by the testing industry to cause repetition of the last 50 years of ineffective policy and expenditure. Akil Bello, Forbes, "How Test Publishers Are Poised To Profit From Pandemic “Learning Loss”," 7 Apr. 2021 The reforms will be backed by 1.5 billion pounds ($1.9 billion) in capital expenditure for further education college buildings, Johnson’s office said in a statement. Alex Morales, Bloomberg.com, "Boris Johnson Says U.K. Is Failing to Give Business Skilled Workers," 29 Sep. 2020

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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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9 May 2021

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“Expenditure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expenditure. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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