ex·​pen·​di·​ture ik-ˈspen-di-chər How to pronounce expenditure (audio)
: the act or process of expending
an expenditure of energy
: something expended : disbursement, expense
income should exceed expenditures

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Recent research revealed that while big oil and gas companies spend around $750 million each year on environmentally focused communications, only 12% of their average capital expenditure goes to low-carbon investments. Sergii Denysenko, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 CT Truth PAC, launched in February by Old Lyme businessman J. David Kelsey to produce TV commercials opposing the reelection of Gov. Ned Lamont, quit the race surprisingly early, making its last TV ad expenditure in June. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 28 Oct. 2022 The cuts, announced as part of a mini-budget, stoked fears of higher inflation and, as a result, higher interest rates set by the BoE. To cut taxes, a government has to issue more debt to fund its expenditure. Nate Dicamillo, Quartz, 2 Oct. 2022 Seniors rank food costs as their fastest-growing expenditure, followed by housing and transportation. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 14 Sep. 2022 Every expenditure is critical to ensure short-term success. Michael Praeger, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Why is a town expenditure backed with federal dollars somehow discounted, DeLong asked. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 14 Oct. 2022 The largest expenditure was the child tax credit, which came as direct payments to parents, up to $3,600 per child. Claire Cain Miller, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2022 In 1947, India's net defense expenditure was just 927 million rupees -- about $12 million in today's money. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 14 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


irregular from expend

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of expenditure was in 1769

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“Expenditure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expenditure. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



ex·​pen·​di·​ture ik-ˈspen-di-chər How to pronounce expenditure (audio)
: the act of spending (as money, time, or energy)
: something that is spent

Legal Definition



ex·​pen·​di·​ture ik-ˈspen-di-chər, -ˌchu̇r How to pronounce expenditure (audio)
: the act or process of paying out
: something paid out see also capital expenditure

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