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“outlay” in British English

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outlaynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈaʊt.leɪ/ us /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 can earn up to $500 a month if the product sells well.
outlay
verb [ T ] uk /ˌaʊtˈleɪ/ us /ˌaʊtˈleɪ/ outlaid, outlaid mainly US

In the first year we outlaid thousands of dollars on computers.

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

“outlay” in American English

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outlaynoun [ C ]

us /ˈɑʊtˌleɪ/

an amount of money spent, esp. at the beginning of a planned activity 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 /ˈaʊtleɪ/ us

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 business activity:

Investors can receive tax relief 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 health sector 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)