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
The Chicago Tribune reported in 1997 that police believed the killer spent time with lifeless bodies after murdering them.
There's nothing worse than pushing all of the furniture up against the walls and forcing guests to either shout across the room or spend the evening talking just to the people beside them.
In addition to the often-inescapable pressures of environment and environmental triggers, one of the underlying reasons for the runaway train of dollars spent and years of life lost to asthma is simply access to good care.
But the remainder of his prime days won't be spent in another shirt playing for Pep Guardiola.
Most important, the women spent extra time in prayer and reflection.
An overage between 0-5 percent of the allotment would trigger a tax of 75 percent on every dollar spent beyond the limit.
In fact, a firefly spends the vast majority of its life (one to two years) as a ravenous little larvae known as a glow-worm.
Williams, a running back, has spent 11 seasons in the NFL, starring for the Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
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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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