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verb \ˈspend\

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. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to use up or pay out :  expend

  3. 2a :  exhaust, wear out <the hurricane gradually spent itself>b :  to consume wastefully :  squander <the waters are not ours to spend — J. R. Ellis>

  4. 3 :  to cause or permit to elapse :  pass <spend the night>

  5. 4 :  give up, sacrifice

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to expend or waste wealth or strength

  8. 2 :  to become expended or consumed

  9. 3 :  to have an orgasm

spend·able play \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

Rhymes with spend

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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