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[ik-spen-di-cher] /ɪkˈspɛn dɪ tʃər/
the act of expending something, especially funds; disbursement; consumption.
something that is expended; expense:
Unnecessary expenditures include those for luxury items.
1760-70; < Medieval Latin expendit(us) laid out, paid (variant of expēnsus, past participle of expendere; see expend) + -ure
Related forms
overexpenditure, noun
preexpenditure, noun
superexpenditure, noun Unabridged
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  • One important element missing is a requirement that shareholders approve of campaign expenditures.
  • Monitor and manage student organization expenditures once allocated.
  • Seniority shocks result in economically and statistically significant declines in firm capital expenditures.
  • All these expenditures were voted on and approved by a duly elected legislature.
  • No gasoline, no pollution and no costly expenditures at the pump.
  • Legislators will correctly perceive that either raising taxes or cutting expenditures will threaten their re-election.
  • Monitors expenditures and ensures they are within budget parameters.
  • Tax expenditures are the fiscal equivalent of selling indulgences.
  • If that is the case, the improved self-esteem could more likely have been directly produced by the non-educational expenditures.
  • Verifies that all expenditures have been drawn from the appropriate budget category.
British Dictionary definitions for expenditures


something expended, such as time or money
the act of expending
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Word Origin and History for expenditures



1769, from Medieval Latin expenditus, irregular past participle of expendere (see expend) + -ure. Related: Expenditures.

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