Definition of “expenditure” - English Dictionary

“expenditure” in British English

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expenditurenoun

uk /ɪkˈspen.dɪ.tʃər/ us /ɪkˈspen.də.tʃɚ/

C2 [ C or U ] the total amount of money that a government or person spends:

It's part of a drive to cut government expenditure.
The government's annual expenditure on arms has been reduced.

[ U ] the act of using or spending energy, time, or money:

The expenditure of effort on this project has been enormous.

More examples

  • We're primarily concerned with keeping expenditure down.
  • I propose that we wait until the budget has been announced before committing ourselves to any expenditure.

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

“expenditure” in American English

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expenditurenoun [ C/U ]

us /ɪkˈspen·dɪ·tʃər/

an amount of money, time, or effort that is spent:

[ C ] a large expenditure of funds

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

“expenditure” in Business English

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expenditurenoun

uk /ɪkˈspendɪtʃər/ us

[ C or U ] ECONOMICS, COMMERCE the total amount of money that an organization or person spends:

reduce/keep down/cut expenditure We're primarily concerned with keeping expenditure down.
increase expenditure
expenditure on sth We were forced to cut expenditure on R&D.
advertising/research/IT expenditure

[ U ] formal the act of using or spending energy, time, or money:

the expenditure of sth on sth The expenditure of effort on this project has been enormous.

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