Definition of outlay in US English:



  • An amount of money spent on something.

    ‘a modest outlay on local advertising’
    mass noun ‘comparatively little financial outlay’
    • ‘In fact, the acquisition and maintenance of social rank could well require the outlay of large sums of money.’
    • ‘With a corresponding drop in benefits and pensions, outlays will decrease.’
    • ‘The option of providing tax relief for receipted outlays on childcare is also being examined by a cabinet subcommittee.’
    • ‘In particular, hiring expertise for specific projects can reduce large salary outlays.’
    • ‘Yet some administrators have urged a reduction in the current outlay for salary and benefits.’
    • ‘All others were excluded because their outlays contained significant amounts of transfer payments.’
    • ‘Christmas cards account for only a small amount of our outlay.’
    • ‘A small outlay will save you money but equally you will often get what you pay for, and a bad horse costs as much to feed as a good one.’
    • ‘As is known, keeping appropriate information secret per se involves a certain amount of outlays.’
    • ‘More than half of the annual budget outlays are transfer payments.’
    • ‘That would involve the outlay of a great deal of money for only one match a season, but the days have gone when people put up with what they get.’
    • ‘In my case, in order to minimise my monthly outlay, I chose to repay the loan amount after 30 years.’
    • ‘Even the large capital outlays in the area will scarcely amount to the cost of a few regional bypasses.’
    • ‘And each time you go for a flat, as well as the financial outlay of getting a survey done, you have the emotional investment.’
    • ‘But the costs of the conflict could go far beyond the hefty financial outlays.’
    • ‘I offer two pieces of evidence that show profitability as a key driver of investment outlays.’
    • ‘Data on travel money outlays are more readily available than travel time expenditures, as well as being much more reliable.’
    • ‘In other words, current taxes and current outlays have to balance.’
    • ‘Besides the outlay in money, vineyard investments take time to yield a return.’
    • ‘And so the next thing was to get an idea about what treatments cost and what you'd get for an outlay of money.’
    expenditure, expenses, spending, outgoings, money spent, cost, price, charge, payment, disbursement, investment, injection of capital
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