Definition of expenditure noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspendɪtʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspendɪtʃər//
    [uncountable, countable] Running a business
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  1. 1the act of spending or using money; an amount of money spent a reduction in public/government/military expenditure plans to increase expenditure on health The budget provided for a total expenditure of £27 billion. Savings have been disposed of in order to meet the growing gap between income and expenditure. Synonymscostsspending expenditure expenses overheads outlay These are all words for money spent by a government, an organization or a person.costs the total amount of money that needs to be spent by a business:labour/​production costs rising costsspending the amount of money that is spent, especially by a government or an organization:public spending More spending on health was promised.expenditure (rather formal) an amount of money spent by a government, an organization or a person:expenditure on educationexpenses money that has to be spent by a person or an organization; money that you spend while you are working which your employer will pay back to you later:legal expenses travel expensesoverhead(s) the regular costs of running a business or an organization, such as rent, electricity and wages:High overheads mean small profit margins.outlay the money that you have to spend in order to start a new business or project, or in order to save yourself money or time later:The best equipment is costly but is well worth the outlay.Patterns spending/​expenditure/​outlay on something high/​low costs/​spending/​expenditure/​expenses/​overheads total costs/​spending/​expenditure/​expenses/​overheads/​outlay capital costs/​spending/​expenditure/​expenses/​outlay household costs/​spending/​expenditure/​expenses government/​public/​education/​health costs/​spending/​expenditure to increase/​reduce costs/​spending/​expenditure/​expenses/​overheads/​the outlay See related entries: Running a business
  2. 2the use of energy, time, materials, etc. the expenditure of emotion This study represents a major expenditure of time and effort.
  3. compare income
    Word Originmid 18th cent.: from expend, suggested by obsolete expenditor ‘officer in charge of expenditure’, from medieval Latin, from expenditus, irregular past participle of Latin expendere, from ex- ‘out’ + pendere ‘weigh, pay’.Extra examples Capital expenditure can be financed by borrowing; operating expenditure should not. Expenditure was put at 100 million euros. Expenditure was set at £16 million. Make sure you have enough in the current account to meet expenditure. Malls require huge expenditures on air conditioning. Pay constitutes two thirds of all current expenditure. Public expenditure was running at 44.6% of GNP. The budget provided for expenditure of $2 billion. The company reduced capital expenditure on plant and machinery. The group is calling for higher expenditure on education. The next two items refer to actual expenditures incurred, rather than estimated needs. The results justified the expenditure. They incurred enormous expenditures for publicity during the launch years. They intended to make capital expenditures for equipment and expansion. Total expenditure amounted to approximately £1 million. You may wish to take out a loan for a major item of expenditure. extra expenditure arising from the commission’s report into health and safety government expenditure of more than £500 million increased expenditure on the rail network people whose annual expenditure exceeds their income plans to cut health expenditure public expenditure cuts the country with the highest per capita expenditure on health care in the EU the family’s average expenditure on food the total direct expenditure on training There are plans to increase expenditure on education. Trouble arises when expenditure exceeds income.
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