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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.

  • The soil is hard, and the crop after the expenditure of much toil is often very scanty.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • What an amount of good accomplished by the yearly expenditure of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars!

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • On the Dana plateau, for example, by the expenditure of 32 hours of labour 48 cwt.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • There is need of better standards of taste and judgment in expenditure, but not of sumptuary laws.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • We have not detected any considerable increase of our annual expenditure in consequence.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
British Dictionary definitions for expenditure


something expended, such as time or money
the act of expending
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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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