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expenditure

[ik-spen-di-cher]
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noun
  1. the act of expending something, especially funds; disbursement; consumption.
  2. something that is expended; expense: Unnecessary expenditures include those for luxury items.
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Origin of expenditure

1760–70; < Medieval Latin expendit(us) laid out, paid (variant of expēnsus, past participle of expendere; see expend) + -ure
Related formso·ver·ex·pend·i·ture, nounpre·ex·pend·i·ture, nounsu·per·ex·pend·i·ture, noun
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  • The soil is hard, and the crop after the expenditure of much toil is often very scanty.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • On the Dana plateau, for example, by the expenditure of 32 hours of labour 48 cwt.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • We have not detected any considerable increase of our annual expenditure in consequence.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • Why have you encouraged me, sir, to an expenditure and mode of life to which we have no right or title?'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • We mistake the outlay of money for an expenditure of sympathy.


British Dictionary definitions for expenditure

expenditure

noun
  1. something expended, such as time or money
  2. the act of expending
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Word Origin and History for expenditure

n.

1769, from Medieval Latin expenditus, irregular past participle of expendere (see expend) + -ure. Related: Expenditures.

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