\ ˈsplərj How to pronounce splurge (audio) \

Definition of splurge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an ostentatious effort, display, or expenditure


splurged; splurging

Definition of splurge (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a splurge
2 : to indulge oneself extravagantly often used with onsplurge on a new dress

transitive verb

: to spend extravagantly or ostentatiously

Examples of splurge in a Sentence

Verb You should let yourself splurge once in a while.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shop the 30 best fall coats here at every price point, from a timeless (and wallet-friendly!) trench to several stylish faux furs worth the splurge. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Shop Fall’s Best Coats at Every Price Point," 25 Oct. 2019 The properties, formerly known as Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc., were among Anbang’s biggest splurges. Washington Post, "China’s Fire Sale of Trophy Assets Is No Bargain," 18 Sep. 2019 So far, so good for Tampa’s relative splurge, as Morton has become the staff ace in the wake of injuries to 2018 AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Charlie Morton's Journey From Roy Halladay Copycat to 35-Year-Old Cy Young Contender," 8 Aug. 2019 These were the final splurges and additions to squads this season. USA TODAY, "Aubameyang move to Arsenal caps record January spend in EPL," 31 Jan. 2018 Its three-year spending splurge included trophy property assets in London and Shanghai as well as health care, finance, aviation and new energy businesses. Washington Post, "Meet CMIG, the Chinese Group Dicing With Default," 19 July 2019 Fine said $55 for a 60-minute massage proved to be a popular splurge for people looking for relaxation after chaotic storm preparation. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian anxiety? South Floridians find ways to cope with stress," 30 Aug. 2019 The sheet mask with an A-list following (Gigi Hadid and Gwyneth Paltrow are fans), SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($23.35; amazon.com) isn't cheap, but might be worth the splurge. Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored, "10 top-rated sheet masks you can buy on Amazon right now," 11 Sep. 2019 In my kitchen, the Vitamix is one splurge that’s paid dividends. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best splurge item for Amazon Prime Day: the Vitamix blender," 15 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While young wine drinkers may splurge on the occasional $50 bottle, $8 to $12 remains their sweet spot, says Rob McMillan, author of the bank’s 2019 report. David Ferry, SFChronicle.com, "Why Wine Country isn’t attracting Millennials," 16 Oct. 2019 This time, however, consumers have not been splurging in advance. The Economist, "Poor, rich country," 27 Sep. 2019 Since flowers are a quick and easy way to inject color and life into your home, Bochart said, splurging on fresh flowers is always a good idea. Boston.com Real Estate, "4 home design trends to watch," 25 Sep. 2019 In all cases, the people who splurge on the extra luxury do it with the goal of obtaining something rare, exclusive, or just straight-up better than whatever else is on the market. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Fender Ten 5 review: all about that treble," 9 July 2019 As Mr Trump explained later that day, the move would allow American shoppers to splurge in the run-up to Christmas. The Economist, "The trade war is leading some firms to crimp investment," 15 Aug. 2019 The list goes on: Consumers splurged in restaurants instead of stores, left the festive shopping to the last minute and resisted paying full price. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Retail’s Busy Complaints Department," 11 Jan. 2019 Chefs tend the flames and the skewers behind a glassed-in grill; this is a fine place to splurge on pricier cuts of meat such as rack of lamb kebab. Los Angeles Times, "Two food writers eat at all the Persian restaurants in SoCal (OK, 18 of them)," 6 Aug. 2019 Its speed has been striking; the Vision Fund has splurged $70bn in under three years on stakes in Uber, WeWork, Arm and others. The Economist, "SoftBank’s transformation into an investment powerhouse continues," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of splurge


1830, in the meaning defined above


1843, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for splurge


perhaps blend of splash and surge

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of splurge was in 1830

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English Language Learners Definition of splurge

informal : to spend more money than usual on something for yourself


\ ˈsplərj How to pronounce splurge (audio) \
splurged; splurging

Kids Definition of splurge

: to spend lavishly or give in to indulgence I decided to splurge and order a banana split.

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