outlay-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: money spent, expenditures

Commentary: OUTLAY[+quantity][+sum][+money][+expenditure]
NOTE: refers to an amount of money, a quantity, not an act of spending (Sense 2)

The outlays for national defense increased 10 percent last year.
John keeps track of each outlay for his new business.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 2: the act of spending, disbursing funds

Commentary: OUTLAY[+action][+spending][+money]
NOTE: refers to someone's activity of spending, rather than a quantity (Sense 1)

Bob couldn't continue the outlay of maintaining a summer home.
At some point the outlay for this research project will exhaust our funds.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1