[ ik-spen-di-cher ]
/ ɪkˈspɛn dɪ tʃər /


the act of expending something, especially funds; disbursement; consumption.
something that is expended; expense: Unnecessary expenditures include those for luxury items.

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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British Dictionary definitions for expenditure


/ (ɪkˈspɛndɪtʃə) /


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



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

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