spend

verb \ ˈspend \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of spend

spent play \ˈspent\; spending
transitive verb
1 :to use up or pay out :expend
2 a :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

spendable

play \ˈspen-də-bəl\ adjective

spender

noun

Examples of spend in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

spend Synonyms



SPEND Defined for English Language Learners

spend

verb

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

spend

verb \ ˈspend \

Definition of spend for Students

spent \ˈspent\; spending
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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