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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.
Origin of expenditure
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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  • No geographical fiction ever caused such an expenditure of blood and treasure as this.

  • Nan spared no expenditure of time, money and thought to the perfection of her plans.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • What an amount of good accomplished by the yearly expenditure of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars!

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • The annual expenditure in many of them is from thirty to fifty thousand dollars.

    Rollo in London Jacob Abbott
  • There is need of better standards of taste and judgment in expenditure, but not of sumptuary laws.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • He had invested in some Java ponies and thus outrun all calculations as to expenditure.

    From Jungle to Java Arthur Keyser
British Dictionary definitions for expenditure


something expended, such as time or money
the act of expending
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for expenditure

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

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