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English definition of “outlay”

outlay

noun [C]     /ˈaʊt.leɪ/
an amount of money spent for a particular purpose, especially as a first investment in something: For an initial outlay of £2,000 to buy the equipment, you should be earning up to £500 a month if the product sells well.Costs and expenses outlay     /ˌaʊtˈleɪ/ verb [T] (outlaid, outlaid) mainly US At the start we outlaid thousands of dollars on computers.Paying and spending money
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