\ 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 Political ads are also archived in a public database that includes information such as the age of people targeted by the ad and how much money was spent on it. Washington Post, "Tech companies rush to fight misinformation ahead of UK vote," 8 Nov. 2019 As someone who's been spending serious time observing how people use emoji over the past few years, my hunch was no. Wired, "New Emoji Are So Boring—but They Don't Have to Be," 8 Nov. 2019 Entire dinners were spent discussing the finer points of sleep tracking, which monitoring gadgets worked best (the Oura Ring was popular); how best to optimise a bedtime schedule; what to eat; what not to drink. The Economist, "In the modern commune, a case of beer is not welcome," 8 Nov. 2019 Any ordinary gardener might be as spent as a fading flower after a few months of Mr. Kozak’s schedule, let alone five decades. BostonGlobe.com, "Mr. Kozak, who joined the museum’s staff 50 years ago as a teenager and had been the Gardner’s top gardener for nearly three decades, died of cancer Sunday. He was 67 and had lived most recently in Stoughton, after formerly living in Westwood.," 8 Nov. 2019 Richard's happiest times were spent at Sun Valley Campground and on trips to Las Vegas with his wife. courant.com, "Richard C. Fisk," 7 Nov. 2019 According to information released Thursday by the office of Sen. Richard Shelby, the Baldwin County grant will be spent on several separate projects. al, "Federal grant to fund road widening in Gulf Shores," 7 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile Hadida spends hours on the phone with local sustainable farmers and east coast fishermen, coordinating cod and razor clam shipments to construct the week’s menu. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette Offers a Tasting Menu for the Climate-Conscious Era," 7 Nov. 2019 In fact, in cases where work begins before a contract is fully finalized, no money actually gets spent until a violation report is completed and senior DHS officials have signed off after determining the money will be spent properly. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Minnesota DHS broke state contract law. Sometimes for good reason, officials say.," 6 Nov. 2019

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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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12 Nov 2019

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

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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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