out·​lay | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlā How to pronounce outlay (audio) , ˌau̇t-ˈlā \
outlaid\ ˈau̇t-​ˌlād How to pronounce outlay (audio) , ˌau̇t-​ˈlād \; outlaying

Definition of outlay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to lay out (money) : expend


out·​lay | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlā How to pronounce outlay (audio) \

Definition of outlay (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of expending
2 : expenditure, payment outlays for national defense

Examples of outlay in a Sentence

Verb the nation had outlaid nearly 20 billion dollars on social programs at that point Noun The initial outlay for the program will be 2.4 million dollars. Maintaining a horse requires considerable outlay.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is a great time for the interviewer to outlay strategies the company has implemented, and resources that have been allocated. Jen Jamula, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 In recent weeks, Biden has sought to revive a flagging operation in Iowa, spending more time in the state and outlaying more on online and TV ads ahead of the Feb. 3 caucuses. Ryan Teague Beckwith, Bloomberg.com, 10 May 2020 Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Owned by a sizeable 24%, Manchester United simply have not been keeping clean sheets to justify the £5.5m outlay on their summer recruit. SI.com, 27 Sep. 2019 Once, that outlay might have won him more than mockery. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 22 Nov. 2019 After attempts to land Wilfried Zaha tanked, £72m was outlaid on Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, with deadline day seeing the defence shored up with the signings of Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and, controversially, Chelsea's David Luiz. SI.com, 9 Aug. 2019 Allardyce, by contrast, has had a great season but many felt his side (Everton) have underperformed after a hefty £182m outlay this season. SI.com, 9 May 2018 However, Atleti’s hierarchy will have had twice as much to celebrate, with signs that the club’s reported €240m outlay on the 67,000 seater stadium could prove a savvy bit of business long-term, as reported by Marca via Football Espana. SI.com, 19 Sep. 2017 In the 18 months before his fall from grace, his company had outlaid more than $20 billion. Richard Mcgregor, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Los Angeles raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour in July, hiking her payroll outlay. Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 If your meds are pricey, this can result in a large outlay by the end of the year. cleveland, 22 Aug. 2021 Naturally, among the things that favor its chances, is the fact that Manchin has said little about how the outlay could accidentally spur inflationary fears or any such concerns about a huge sum of money getting spent. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 9 Dec. 2021 Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government on Friday approved the outlay as part of a supplementary budget. Reuters, CNN, 28 Nov. 2021 The initial outlay aside, miners can produce cryptocurrencies using this form of energy at minimal cost—a photovoltaic farm can pay for itself in about two years, Kapoor said. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 17 Nov. 2021 That number would fit comfortably within Juve’s wage structure and is just €0.5 million ($570,000) more than the salary paid to Szczesny, a sum that would unquestionably be worth the outlay. Adam Digby, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 Overnight, this item could rival Social Security and Medicare as the biggest single budget outlay. WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 For many districts in lower-income communities, that kind of financial outlay may be impossible. New York Times, 25 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of outlay


1802, in the meaning defined above


1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outlay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlay. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of outlay

: an amount of money that is spent


out·​lay | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlā How to pronounce outlay (audio) \

Kids Definition of outlay

: an amount of money spent

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