American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The spending or disbursement of money: the weekly outlay on groceries.
- n. An amount spent; an expenditure: "huge new outlays for the military” ( New York Times).
- v. To spend or disburse (money).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lay or spread out; expose; display.
- n. A laying out or expending; that which is laid out or expended; expenditure: as, that mansion has been built at a great outlay.
- n. A remote haunt.
- n. A laying out or expending; that which is laid out or expended.
- n. The spending of money, or an expenditure.
- n. archaic A remote haunt or habitation.
- v. transitive To lay or spread out; expose; display.
- v. transitive To spend, or distribute money.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. rare To lay out; to spread out; to display.
- n. A laying out or expending.
- n. That which is expended; expenditure.
- n. obsolete An outlying haunt.
- n. money paid out; an amount spent
- n. the act of spending or disbursing money
- From out- + lay. (Wiktionary)
“The initial outlay is higher, but because the systems last so much longer in bad conditions, they cost becomes closer to equal over time.”
“The initial outlay is steep, but it saves a lot of money in the longer-term.”
“If a monthly outlay is all that concerns you, you may wind up driving a nice (r) car and trading it in every few years (at lease expiration) for … another leased new car.”
“Does the amendment's term "outlay" apply to long-term capital investments such as infrastructure spending, of which the Obama administration is so fond?”
“Many corporations have long since figured out that a small short term outlay in the present to create environmental sustainability can produce huge cost savings in the future and win scores of PR brownie points at the same time.”
“Right now, the Lebanese population outlay is somewhere around 23% Shiite, 23% Sunni and 41% Christian.”
“Relative to Canada's Gross Domestic Product, this outlay is comparable to those of some of the leading OECD countries.”
“If he decides to go into livestock, then large capital outlay is required and, depending on his operation, a one-to-three-to-five year cycle.”
“With respect to Training Areas, the acquisition of this indispensable adjunct to training will doubtless entail expense, but the outlay is fully justified, and delay will not help matters from a pecuniary point of view.”
“An innovation costing nothing may be put up with, but an innovation involving an outlay is not easily tolerated.”
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