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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Examples from the Web for expenditure

Contemporary Examples of expenditure

  • Its institutions manage the daily lives of Palestinians, sparing Israel the hassle and the expenditure.

  • Every item of expenditure at her wedding will be subjected to intense media scrutiny, especially at this time of austerity.

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    Kate's Royal Prison

    Andrew Roberts

    November 17, 2010

  • About half of our expenditure has gone to standing up the Afghan National Security Forces.

  • Some were the worse for rum—the largest single item of expenditure borne by the British Army during the war.

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    Washington in Victory

    Piers Brendon

    October 10, 2008

Historical Examples of expenditure

  • 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.


    Theodor Hertzka

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


    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



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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