\ ˈspent How to pronounce spent (audio) \

Definition of spent

1a : 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

he plopped down in his chair, completely spent, and then fell asleep
Recent Examples on the Web Weeks of fierce combat transformed the airport into a dystopian post-battle debris field, strewn with spent ammunition, rockets, Russian ration boxes, gas masks, and burned and tattered uniforms. Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2022 Choosing the wrong platform can be a big mistake in spent dollars and lost time. Ketan Pandit, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Nuclear regulators said a fire alarm went off at Fukushima’s Dai-ichi nuclear plant, and that water pumps used to cool spent fuel pool at the Dai-ni plant were halted, although there was no imminent danger. Kana Nishizawa, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2022 It’s most likely a spent stage from the Chinese rocket Chang’e-5. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 3 Mar. 2022 But we were clearly attracted to each other and spent time talking outside of class. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 4 Jan. 2022 Water lingers in pools below sheer cliffs and in glassy rivulets flush with spent cottonwood leaves. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 11 Feb. 2022 These also carried mail, packages, as well as the cinders and ash from spent coal. Susan Degrane, chicagotribune.com, 4 Nov. 2021 High metals prices can be problematic for companies like L&F too, and that’s spurring efforts on battery recycling to recover raw materials from spent packs, according to Choi. David Stringer, Fortune, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of spent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spent

Middle English, from past participle of spenden to spend

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22 Apr 2022

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“Spent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spent. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of spent

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

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