Simple Definition of spend
: to use (money) to pay for something
: to allow (time) to pass in a particular place or while doing a particular activity
: to use (energy or effort) to do something
Full Definition of spend
spent play \ˈspent\ spend·ing
1 : to use up or pay out : expend
3 : to cause or permit to elapse : pass <spend the night>
1 : to expend or waste wealth or strength
2 : to become expended or consumed
3 : to have an orgasm
Examples of spend
I spent $30 on his birthday gift.
They spend a lot on clothes and cars.
I want to buy a new car, but I don't have much money to spend.
Her willingness to spend freely made her popular among her friends.
He spends lavishly on vacations.
I spent my summer at the beach.
She spent eight months living in New York City.
Relaxing with friends is a great way to spend a weekend.
Our cat spends most of his time sleeping.
Too much of my time is spent arguing with customers.
Origin of spend
Middle English, from Old English -spendan, from Medieval Latin expendere to disburse, use up, from Latin, to measure by weight, pay out — more at expend
First Known Use: 13th century
SPEND Defined for Kids
Definition of spend
1 : to use (money) to pay for something
2 : to cause or allow (as time) to pass <… he parked his car … and was spending considerable time walking about town. — Robert McCloskey, Homer Price>
3 : to use wastefully : squander <She spends a lot of energy worrying.>
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