spent

adjective \ ˈspent \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of spent

1 a : used up : consumed
b : exhausted of active or required components or qualities often for a particular purpose
  • spent nuclear fuel
2 : drained of energy or effectiveness : exhausted
3 : exhausted of spawn or sperm
  • spent fishes

Examples of spent in a Sentence

  1. he plopped down in his chair, completely spent, and then fell asleep

Recent Examples of spent from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'spent.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of spent

Middle English, from past participle of spenden to spend



SPENT Defined for English Language Learners

spent

adjective

Definition of spent for English Language Learners

  • : used up and no longer useful

  • : tired and drained of energy


SPENT Defined for Kids

spent

adjective \ ˈspent \

Definition of spent for Students

1 : used up
  • a spent battery
2 : drained of energy
  • By Fridays, I'm spent.


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up spent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of very fine texture or delicate form

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu-jedi-training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!