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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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Historical Examples

  • It may be so; but Julian was an outlaying striker of venison, and made many a far cast when he had a fair doe in chase.

    The Abbot

    Sir Walter Scott

  • As the returning men entered the outlaying streets the little town was found to be anything but a quiet community.

British Dictionary definitions for outlaying


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 outlaying



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

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