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[n. out-ley; v. out-ley] /n. ˈaʊtˌleɪ; v. ˌaʊtˈleɪ/
an expending or spending, as of money.
an amount expended; expenditure.
verb (used with object), outlaid, outlaying.
to expend, as money.
Origin of outlay
1545-55; out- + lay1 Unabridged
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  • Whatever violates such equal treatment is deemed the equivalent of a benefit outlay--the same, that is, as a check in the mail.
  • For this large outlay, the taxpayers have seen minimal return on their investment.
  • The outlay by the government in accomplishing this was nothing, or nearly nothing.
  • The money earned by the cap and trade market pays for the capital outlay for greenhouse gas pollution reduction investment.
  • And getting in on that action doesn't require a huge outlay of cash.
  • It's not the straightforward installation process or even the capital outlay that worries him.
  • Producing a cult cabernet requires a sizable outlay of time and money.
  • It will bring each of them one-off costs in the tens of millions, but the savings over time will dwarf the initial outlay.
  • Its dwindling tax revenues now barely cover a third of its outlay.
  • Dealers, naturally enough, only bother to import top-end models that could justify such an outlay.
British Dictionary definitions for outlay


noun (ˈaʊtˌleɪ)
an expenditure of money, effort, etc
verb (ˌaʊtˈleɪ) -lays, -laying, -laid
(transitive) 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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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