Meaning of “spending” in the English Dictionary

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"spending" in British English

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spendingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈspen.dɪŋ/ us /ˈspen.dɪŋ/

C2 the money that is used for a particular purpose, especially by a government or organization:

government spending on health
spending cuts
Consumer spending has more than doubled in the last ten years.

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  • The government and the opposition parties have clashed over the cuts in defence spending.
  • The government is trying to control spending.
  • With the housing market picking up and consumer spending buoyant, it appears that the feelgood factor has returned.
  • The prime minister has announced that public spending will be increased next year.
  • There was a modest rise in high-street spending last month.

(Definition of “spending” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spending" in American English

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spendingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈspen·dɪŋ/

the act of giving money for goods and services:

Government spending for scientific research will be increased in next year’s budget.
We have to find ways to cut spending and keep down costs.

(Definition of “spending” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"spending" in Business English

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spendingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈspendɪŋ/ us 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

(Definition of “spending” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)