outlay

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

Definition of outlay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to lay out (money) : expend

outlay

noun
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

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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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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The point is that increases in such costs eat up a larger fraction of state outlays. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Student debt issue needs more study," 30 June 2019 Striker Diego Rubio, earning $320,000, and midfielder Nicolas Mezquida making $353,750, are middle-income earners in MLS and would be expected to be productive for that amount of outlay. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Backpass: Colorado Rapids were exposed in the US Open Cup. What can MLS teams learn from this?," 15 June 2019 WASHINGTON—Government tax revenue continued to rise in May thanks to a sturdy labor market, but not enough to offset higher federal outlays, the Treasury Department said Wednesday. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "U.S. Budget Deficit Grew 39% in First Eight Months of Fiscal Year," 12 June 2019 However, the capital outlay is recouped over time in e-vehicles’ lower operating and maintenance costs, plus massive savings in fuel. Lee Middleton, Quartz Africa, "Luxury safaris are trying to reinvent by getting greener and curbing an “Out of Africa” culture," 14 June 2019 Americans traded their old automobiles for $4,500 each in federal outlays. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Waiting to Exhale: Biden’s $1.7 Trillion Anti-CO2 Tax Hike," 7 June 2019 After accounting for certain mandatory spending — including about a half-billion-dollar deposit into the state’s rainy day fund — Baker, a Republican who is up for reelection in November, is proposing $575 million in outlays with the surplus cash. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "Governor Baker proposes $72 million for school safety," 13 July 2018 Amazon also increased its own ad outlay by 50% last year to join the country’s top 10 ad spenders, Magna estimated, ranking the company at No. 6 behind Procter & Gamble Co. , AT&T Inc., Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Ad Spending Hits a New High as Search Ads, Out-of-Home and Amazon Rise," 5 Apr. 2019 That is nearly five times the amount of the same period last year and almost equal to the company’s full outlay for its last four fiscal years combined. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Oracle’s Pockets Aren’t Deep Enough," 21 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of outlay

Verb

1802, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outlay was in 1798

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outlay

noun

English Language Learners Definition of outlay

formal : an amount of money that is spent

outlay

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

Kids Definition of outlay

: an amount of money spent

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