\ 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 As far as big skin-care splurges go, LED treatments feel somewhat anticlimactic. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "The Dr. Dennis Gross LED Mask Is Why I Have Great Skin," 19 May 2020 Coffee from $3; @edokobayashi The meal worth a splurgeChef Luis Escamilla's take on elevated Mexican cuisine is defined by his flair for fermentation. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Colonia Cuauhtémoc Is Our New Favorite Neighborhood in Mexico City," 13 May 2020 At $400 each (plus labor), the switch was pricey, but their prominent placement justified the splurge. Charlotte Safavi, Better Homes & Gardens, "Clever Swaps and Budget-Friendly Fixes Add Major Impact to This 300-Square-Foot Kitchen Makeover," 21 Apr. 2020 Second, such a large stimulus means a Democratic president would take office after a big spending splurge. James Pethokoukis, TheWeek, "Congress needs to start writing checks," 13 Mar. 2020 Another worthwhile splurge was climbing the dormant volcano Cerro Chato in Arenal Volcano National Park ($10), in the north. Jeff Garmire, Outside Online, "How I Traveled to Costa Rica for 2 Weeks for Under $500," 17 Jan. 2020 In the summer, she was also spotted in a Reformation jumpsuit for under $200, proving refined style doesn’t always require a splurge. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Year, Stylish Royals Embraced Affordable Fashion," 31 Dec. 2019 Prioritize produce Prioritizing fruits and vegetables isn’t about sticking to low-cal fare in between holiday splurges. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "10 tips to avoid those letting healthy habits slip during the holidays," 11 Dec. 2019 However, a few items deserved more of a splurge, like the custom lanterns in the kitchen. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "How to Budget for a Second Home—Without Sacrificing Style," 29 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb How many of the people not earning an income right now would, in an alternate universe in which the virus never emerged, be planning to renovate their home, buy a new car, or splurge on tickets to see their favorite pro sports team? Neil Irwin, New York Times, "The Disastrous Employment Numbers Show Almost Every Job Is at Risk," 8 May 2020 Do as Bond does, and splurge on the Perrier—its surplus of tiny bubbles is key to the drink's bite. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Italian Cocktails You Can Make at Home," 27 Apr. 2020 In all, businesses spent nearly $230bn globally in 2019 on the cloud, according to Gartner, a research firm, and could splurge as much as $355bn in 2022. The Economist, "Altocumulus How corporate IT is entering the multi-cloud," 14 Mar. 2020 Instead of splurging on a full kitchen remodel, the couple focused on what really needed updating in the room. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "From an Outdoor Sauna to a Tea Loft, This Santa Cruz Home Is Full of Cozy Corners and Forest Views," 25 Feb. 2020 Students at various educational institutions also questioned the need to splurge taxpayer’s money on this grand show. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "Trump hopes to ink a US-India trade deal despite “tough negotiator” Modi," 24 Feb. 2020 Help parents out by letting them splurge on some organic, free-range meat every once in a while. oregonlive, "11 holiday gifts for new parents," 20 Nov. 2019 The Braves avoided splurging on a starter at the trade deadline, instead enlisting bullpen help in the face of a struggling back end. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "The Braves Have What It Takes for a Surprising World Series Run," 24 Sep. 2019 Summer stadium shows in 2018 accounted for 56% of the overall annual stadium gross, including music concerts and comedy dates, according to Boxscore -- proving once again that fans will most often splurge on costly live music during summer. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Summer Tours 2019: 24 of the Hottest Tours | Billboard," 23 Apr. 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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The first known use of splurge was in 1830

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27 May 2020

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“Splurge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splurge. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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