[noun out-ley; verb out-ley]
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verb (used with object), out·laid, out·lay·ing.
  1. to expend, as money.

Origin of outlay

First recorded in 1545–55; out- + lay1
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noun (ˈaʊtˌleɪ)
  1. an expenditure of money, effort, etc
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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