\ ˈspend How to pronounce spend (audio) \
spent\ ˈspent How to pronounce spent (audio) \; spending

Definition of spend

transitive verb

1 : to use up or pay out : expend
2a : exhaust, wear out the hurricane gradually spent itself
b : to consume wastefully : squander the waters are not ours to spend— J. R. Ellis
3 : to cause or permit to elapse : pass spend the night

intransitive verb

1 : to expend or waste wealth or strength
2 : to become expended or consumed
3 : to have an orgasm

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Other Words from spend

spendable \ ˈspen-​də-​bəl How to pronounce spendable (audio) \ adjective
spender noun

Examples of spend in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The five-rings champion basketball player was 41 WHENEVER HE WAS asked why his whole life had been spent playing basketball, Kobe Bryant’s narrow eyes searched upwards, and his mouth trembled. The Economist, "Love story Kobe Bryant died on January 26th," 1 Feb. 2020 Now, she's retired, spending more time in nature, and no longer interested in fussing with her color very often. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "A Colorist Explains How He Created This Low-Maintenance Gray Hair Transformation," 31 Jan. 2020 Advertisers spend huge chunks of their annual budgets to broadcast just a few seconds of commercials during the game. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "How the Super Bowl became an unrivaled US cultural phenomenon," 31 Jan. 2020 Fast forward a year later and Clark, 26, spent his Friday not just as a contestant in the 132-man WMPO field, but in contention. Adam Schupak, Golfweek, "Wyndham Clark goes from Phoenix Open spectator to contender," 31 Jan. 2020 Inside Casa del Tabaco, native Cubans spend their days rolling the cigars that have become as synonymous with the Cuban experience as rum, baseball and salsa dancing. Alan Gomez, USA Today, "Before Super Bowl, Miami's Little Havana faces exodus of Cubans, pressure from developers," 31 Jan. 2020 Is there anything better than an Easter spent with some-bunny as sweet as you? Country Living Staff, Country Living, "40 Best Easter Wishes and Messages to Make Your Loved Ones Smile This April," 30 Jan. 2020 Ekeler spent last season coaching Kansas' special teams. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Football: UNT set to hire former FAU assistant Mathies to fill out staff," 30 Jan. 2020 That’s why Altman wanted to spend Tuesday -- Kobe tribute night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse -- with his daughter. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Koby Altman, before joining NBA, once sent angry e-mail over Kobe Bryant suspension: Fedor’s five observations," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of spend

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of spend was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Spend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spend. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce spend (audio)

English Language Learners 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


\ ˈspend How to pronounce spend (audio) \
spent\ ˈspent \; spending

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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