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expenditure Syllabification: ex·pend·i·ture
Pronunciation: /ikˈspendəCHər/

Definition of expenditure in English:


1The action of spending funds: the expenditure of taxpayers' money
More example sentences
  • Is the Union Government prepared to present details of income and expenditure of the additional funds generated?
  • This in turn results in inefficient administration and inefficient expenditure of available funds.
  • Aggregate demand has so far been sustained, in the main, by consumer spending and targeted government expenditure.
spending, paying out, outlay, use, disbursement, doling out, waste, wasting, frittering (away), dissipation
1.1An amount of money spent: cuts in public expenditure
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  • It is the amount by which their expenditures exceeded their receipts.
  • He has cut government expenditures by reducing the public service by almost half.
  • He advised against an increase in public expenditures and a lower payroll tax.
costs, spending, payments, expenses, overheads


Mid 18th century: from expend, suggested by obsolete expenditor 'officer in charge of expenditure', from medieval Latin, from expenditus, irregular past participle of Latin expendere 'pay out' (see expend).

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