expenditure-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: quantity of money spent

Commentary: EXPENDITURE[+quantity][+sum][+money][+spent]
NOTE: refers to the money, not to the activity of spending (Sense 2)

John's financial advisor told him that income should always exceed expenditures.
Capital expenditures are needed to upgrade the factory's efficiency.
Mary had to reduce her expenditures when she lost her job.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: spending money for goods or services

Commentary: EXPENDITURE[+activity][+spending][+money]
NOTE: refers always to an actor/agent disbursing funds for some good or service
NOTE: the actor expends something in exchange for something else.

Some people were unhappy at the expenditure of taxpayer's money for this project.
The expenditure of club money for a new boat was unanimously agreed upon.
Her inheritance was gone through years of reckless expenditures on whimsical luxuries.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: consumption of a resource

Commentary: EXPENDITURE[+activity][+consumption][+resource]
NOTE: refers to a recipient's consumption of a resource, not necessarily money
NOTE: the expenditure of the resource -is- the benefit for the recipient

Some environmentalists argue for reducing overall expenditure of hydrocarbons.
The nation's expenditure of energy has increased over the decades.
His ongoing expenditure of his friends' patience came to an abrupt end.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3