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  1. simple past tense and past participle of outlay.
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[noun out-ley; verb out-ley]
  1. an expending or spending, as of money.
  2. an amount expended; expenditure.
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verb (used with object), out·laid, out·lay·ing.
  1. to expend, as money.
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Origin of outlay

First recorded in 1545–55; out- + lay1
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Historical Examples

  • In the Oxford school, they will be called simply Inlaid and Outlaid.

    Proserpina, Volume 1

    John Ruskin

  • The amphibious habit of this race is to me of more importance than its outlaid structure.

British Dictionary definitions for outlaid


noun (ˈaʊtˌleɪ)
  1. an expenditure of money, effort, etc
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verb (ˌaʊtˈleɪ) -lays, -laying or -laid
  1. (tr) to spend (money)
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Word Origin and History for outlaid



"act or fact of laying out (especially money) or expending," 1798, originally Scottish, from out (adv.) + lay (v.).

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