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spend

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of spend

  1. 1 to hand over or use up in payment <I always end up spending too much money at the mall> Synonyms disburse, drop, expend, fork (over, out, or up), give, lay out, outlay, pay, shell out Related Words lavish, rain; blow, dissipate, fritter (away), run through, squander, throw away, waste Near Antonyms cache, hoard, lay up, save; acquire, earn, gain, garner, make, procure, realize, secure, win

  2. 2 to make complete use of <the town has already spent its budget for snow removal, and it's only January> Synonyms absorb, burn, consume, devour, drain, draw down, exhaust, expend, play out, deplete, use upRelated Words abate, decrease, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, reduce; eat, use; bankrupt, clean (out), impoverish; cripple, debilitate, disable, enfeeble, sap, undermine, weaken; dry up, empty; blow, dissipate, fritter (away), guzzle, lavish, misspend, run through, squander, throw away, wasteNear Antonyms augment, enlarge, increase; bolster, enforce, fortify, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; rebuild, repair, restore, revive; conserve, preserve, saveAntonyms renew, replace

  3. 3 to use up carelessly <spent all his energy on impractical schemes> Synonyms blow, dissipate, fiddle away, fritter (away), lavish, lose, misspend, run through, waste, squander, throw away, trifle (away)Related Words splurge; consume, deplete, exhaust, impoverish, overspend, shoot; indulge, overindulge; disburse, expend, lay outNear Antonyms economize, scrimp, skimp; preserve, protect, save; hoard, lay upAntonyms conserve




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