from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of expending; outlay.
  • n. An amount expended.
  • n. An expense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Act of expending or paying out.
  • n. Amount expended; expense; outlay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of expending; a laying out, as of money; disbursement.
  • n. That which is expended or paid out; expense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of expending; a laying out, using up, or consuming; disbursement; outlay, as of money, materials, labor, time, etc.; used absolutely, outlay of money or pecuniary means.
  • n. That which is expended; expense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of consuming something
  • n. the act of spending money for goods or services
  • n. money paid out; an amount spent


Medieval Latin expenditus, past participle of expendere, to expend; see expend + -ure.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From stem of Medieval Latin expenditus, irregular plural of expendo ("I weigh, I pay out"), +‎ -ure (“process or result”) (Wiktionary)



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