outlay Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"outlay" in British English

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outlaynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈaʊt.leɪ/
an ​amount of ​moneyspent for a ​particularpurpose, ​especially as a first investment in something: For an initial outlay of $2,000 to ​buy the ​equipment, you can ​earn up to $500 a ​month if the ​productsells well.
verb [T] uk   us   /ˌaʊtˈleɪ/ (outlaid, outlaid) mainly US
In the first ​year we outlaid thousands of ​dollars oncomputers.
(Definition of outlay from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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outlaynoun [C]

 us   /ˈɑʊtˌleɪ/
an ​amount of ​moneyspent, esp. at the ​beginning of a ​plannedactivity or ​business: This year’s ​advertising outlay was over $250,000.
(Definition of outlay from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"outlay" in Business English

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outlaynoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈaʊtleɪ/
FINANCE an ​amount of ​money that you ​spend on something, especially a large ​amount that is ​spent on new ​equipment or to ​start a new ​businessactivity: Investors can receive ​taxrelief of up to 40% on their outlay.an outlay of $150m/£300/€580m, etc. The ​bank is ​currently receiving an 8.9% ​stake for an outlay of £10 million.outlay for/on sth Total outlay on the ​healthsector is ​budgeted at 18.34 ​billion rupees.an initial/an original/a total outlay Initial outlay for a ​franchise is ​approximately £45,000.recover/recoup your outlay Casinos must not only ​recoup their outlay, they must also make a ​profit. Going into the wine ​business involves a large financial outlay. an ​annual/a monthly outlay a big/huge/​small outlay
(Definition of outlay from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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