Definition of spend
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
spendableplay \ˈspen-də-bəl\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of spend from the Web
Automakers also continue to spend record sums on incentives to support slumping passenger-car models and clear inventory from crowded dealer lots.
But Kathie Lynch, chief clerk for the auditor's office, said the office will have less to spend because carryover funds, used to support operations the last few years, are depleted.
The Prospect council voted to spend $100,000 to fight the plans.
All of it has to be spent within fiscal year 2017, which ends on September 30th.
City officials whittled that down to $75,000, including a grant of $60,000 and an additional $15,000 the city expects to spend to close and restore a curb cut on Crestview.
Noah is 23, and spent a year at West Point’s prep school before entering the academy with his brothers.
So after spending some time at Good Land, Mr. Mullins and his wife, Linda, planted coffee in their avocado grove.
Who among us hasn't spent most of our working day thinking about relaxing with a sandwich, unmolested by the world outside?
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SPEND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spend for English Language Learners
: 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
SPEND Defined for Kids
Definition of spend for Students
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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