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English definition of “spending”

spending

noun [U]     /ˈspendɪŋ/ ECONOMICS, FINANCE
the money that is used for a particular purpose, especially by a government, organization, or group: spending on sth Net spending on Britain's infrastructure last year was £2.6 billion.increase/raise/boost spending The huge retailer increased spending on health care for its employees. cut/trim/control spending Spending cuts alone will not generate the needed growth in the economy. Massive increases were made in government spending. Consumer spending has more than doubled in the last ten years. corporate/federal spending defence/R&D spending
→ See also deficit spending, discretionary spending, public spending, standard spending assessment
(Definition of spending noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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