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outlay

verb out·lay \ ˈau̇t-ˌlā , ˌau̇t-ˈlā \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of outlay

outlaid play \ˈau̇t-ˌlād, ˌau̇t-ˈlād\; outlaying
: to lay out (money) : expend

Examples of outlay in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of outlay

1802

in the meaning defined above

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outlay

noun out·lay \ ˈau̇t-ˌlā \

Definition of outlay

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

Examples of outlay in a Sentence

  1. The initial outlay for the program will be 2.4 million dollars.

  2. Maintaining a horse requires considerable outlay.

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First Known Use of outlay

1798

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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OUTLAY Defined for English Language Learners

outlay

Definition of outlay for English Language Learners

  • : an amount of money that is spent


OUTLAY Defined for Kids

outlay

noun out·lay \ ˈau̇t-ˌlā \

Definition of outlay for Students

: an amount of money spent


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