Definition of expenditure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɛndɪtʃə/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈspɛndɪtʃə/


[mass noun]
1The action of spending funds: the expenditure of taxpayers' money
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  • 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, disbursement, doling out;
lavishing, squandering, waste, wasting, frittering (away), dissipation, dissipating
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.
outgoings, costs, payments, expenses, overheads, dues, money spent;
spending, outlay
1.2The use of energy, time, or other resources: work is the expenditure of energy
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  • Obesity is due to an imbalance between energy consumption and energy expenditure.
  • He was exhausted from his expenditure of energy on the hilltop so he decided that sleep was probably best.
  • Weight gain and decreased energy expenditure contribute further to the existing insulin inertia.


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 (see expend).

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