: used up : consumed
: exhausted of active or required components or qualities often for a particular purpose
spent nuclear fuel
: drained of energy or effectiveness : exhausted
: 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
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Word History


Middle English, from past participle of spenden to spend

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of spent was in the 15th century

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“Spent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spent. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: used up
: drained of energy

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