verb \ˈspend\

: 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

spent \ˈspent\ spend·ing

Full Definition of SPEND

transitive verb
:  to use up or pay out :  expend
a :  exhaust, wear out <the hurricane gradually spent itself>
b :  to consume wastefully :  squander <the waters are not ours to spend — J. R. Ellis>
:  to cause or permit to elapse :  pass <spend the night>
intransitive verb
:  to expend or waste wealth or strength
:  to become expended or consumed
:  to have an orgasm
spend·able \ˈspen-də-bəl\ adjective
spend·er noun

Examples of SPEND

  1. I spent $30 on his birthday gift.
  2. They spend a lot on clothes and cars.
  3. I want to buy a new car, but I don't have much money to spend.
  4. Her willingness to spend freely made her popular among her friends.
  5. He spends lavishly on vacations.
  6. I spent my summer at the beach.
  7. She spent eight months living in New York City.
  8. Relaxing with friends is a great way to spend a weekend.
  9. Our cat spends most of his time sleeping.
  10. 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
SPENDS Defined for Kids


verb \ˈspend\
spent \ˈspent\spend·ing

Definition of SPEND for Kids

:  to use (money) to pay for something
:  to cause or allow (as time) to pass <… he parked his car … and was spending considerable time walking about town. — Robert McCloskey, Homer Price>
:  to use wastefully :  squander <She spends a lot of energy worrying.>


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