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[noun out-ley; verb out-ley]
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  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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Related Words for outlay

disbursement, expenditure, expense, investment, spending, cost, bite, damage, setback, charge, score, tab, throw, tune

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Historical Examples of outlay

  • Mrs. Lynn had rather rebelled against the outlay on Sarah's education.

    Quaint Courtships


  • This will recoup him for his outlay, because the working capital has not been touched.

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

  • The Boches and the Poissons also sneered with an extraordinary display and outlay of grief.


    Emile Zola

  • Persuading myself that I had no real need of this and that, I reduced my weekly outlay.

British Dictionary definitions for outlay


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 outlay


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

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