out·lay | \ˈau̇t-ˌlā, ˌau̇t-ˈlā\
outlaid\ˈau̇t-ˌlād, ˌau̇t-ˈlād \; outlaying

Definition of outlay 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to lay out (money) : expend


out·lay | \ˈau̇t-ˌlā \

Definition of outlay (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of expending

2 : expenditure, payment outlays for national defense

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the nation had outlaid nearly 20 billion dollars on social programs at that point


The initial outlay for the program will be 2.4 million dollars. Maintaining a horse requires considerable outlay.
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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, "Roy Hodgson Has Succeeded Where His Old British Rivals Have Failed in Becoming a Fan Favourite," 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, "Atletico Madrid Smash Their Matchday Profit Margin Record in Opening Match at New Stadium," 19 Sep. 2017 In the 18 months before his fall from grace, his company had outlaid more than $20 billion. Richard Mcgregor, WSJ, "China Takes On Its New Tycoons," 13 Oct. 2017 Seven goals in as many matches for the Red Devils has made that £75m outlay seem like a snip for Jose Mourinho's men, and has left Evertonians feeling aggrieved that their side couldn't do more to eek out more cash for their former star's signature. SI.com, "FanVoice: Supporters Pick the Striker They Believe Will Win This Season's EPL Golden Boot Award," 10 Oct. 2017 The document lists the FS Investors outlay for the development, minus the stadium. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Documents: SDSU's SoccerCity arguments don't always add up," 23 May 2017

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The federal government, however, has to pick up the rest of the tab—so as prices go up, federal outlays will, too, squandering an estimated $38.7 billion over 10 years. WSJ, "Should States Allow Insurers to Offer Bare-Bones Health Plans With Fewer Mandated Benefits?," 24 June 2018 But solid job and income growth, along with bigger paychecks following the tax cuts are expected to juice outlays for most of 2018. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Economy grew solid 2.3% in Q1," 27 Apr. 2018 Receipts into the fund’s highway account were about $35 billion in 2016 without transfers, compared with outlays of about $45 billion, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Bloomberg.com, "A Higher Gas Tax Won't Fix America's Highways," 2 Mar. 2018 As do Block and TaxAct, TurboTax asks lots of questions about the likely outlays of a wayfarer in the gig economy — insurance, equipment, supplies, business use of a car and a home office. Tim Gray, New York Times, "Plumbing Problem Shows Powers and Limits of 3 Tax Programs," 23 Feb. 2018 That’s different from how much is actually spent, which is known as budget outlays. Eugene Kiely, USA TODAY, "Fact check: President Trump’s defense spending exaggerations," 12 July 2018 The extension would only apply to as much as 96.4 billion euros ($112 billion) in loans, and excludes those received bilaterally from euro-area countries and any outlays from the current program. Viktoria Dendrinou, Bloomberg.com, "Greek Debt Talks: the Main Relief Measures Being Considered," 18 June 2018 Morneau declined to say what the government’s ultimate financial outlay would be. Alan Freeman, Washington Post, "Canadian government to buy troubled Trans Mountain pipeline," 29 May 2018 But larger rivals Vanguard Group and State Street Corp. have expressed concern that this outlay will ultimately hit investors’ wallets. Rachel Evans, Bloomberg.com, "There’s a Shortage of Expert ETF Traders Who Make the Market Tick," 23 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of outlay

: an amount of money that is spent


out·lay | \ˈau̇t-ˌlā \

Kids Definition of outlay

: an amount of money spent

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