\ ˈsprē How to pronounce spree (audio) \

Definition of spree

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: an unrestrained indulgence in or outburst of an activity a buying spree also : a drunken revel : binge


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\ ˈshprā How to pronounce Spree (audio) , ˈsprā\

Definition of Spree (Entry 2 of 2)

river 247 miles (397 kilometers) long in eastern Germany flowing north into the Havel River

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Synonyms for spree

Synonyms: Noun

binge, fling, frisk, frolic, gambol, idyll (also idyl), lark, ploy, revel, rollick, romp

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Examples of spree in a Sentence


They went on a killing spree. went on a spending spree

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For years, the U.S. and Europe had generally been spectators to a global Chinese building spree. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "How the Pentagon Countered China’s Designs on Greenland," 10 Feb. 2019 More than 53 victims are believed to be connected to the crime spree. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "DA seeks help finding victims of auto burglaries," 3 May 2018 That revelation led to a cross-country burglary spree that hit as many as a hundred hotel rooms. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "A One-Minute Attack Let Hackers Spoof Hotel Master Keys," 25 Apr. 2018 The recording was made possible thanks to a spree of activity last year at Bogoslof volcano in the Aleutian Islands, in the middle of the frigid Bering Sea. Meghan Bartels, Newsweek, "Volcanic Thunder Recorded by Scientists for the First Time," 14 Mar. 2018 The director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the spending spree on the final day of a conference in Washington celebrating its sixty-year history, including its storied role in birthing the internet. Zachary Fryer-biggs, The Verge, "The Pentagon plans to spend $2 billion to put more artificial intelligence into its weaponry," 8 Sep. 2018 With the populists threatening to unleash a public spending spree for the indebted nation and demand the European Union rewrites key treaties, markets are starting to react. John Follain, Bloomberg.com, "Italy Populists Say Government Talks Entering Final Stretch," 16 May 2018 The club's ownership wrangle continues to be a point of contention, with funding for a potential summer spending spree still very much up in the air. SI.com, "Beleaguered Newcastle Boss Full of Praise For Squad Mentality Despite Continued Off-Field Turbulence," 15 May 2018 Wheelin' and dealin' Over the last few months, Gores has made several monster deals, going on a wild spending spree, buying companies all over the world. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Tom Gores has done everything except fix franchise," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of spree


1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spree


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The first known use of spree was in 1804

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English Language Learners Definition of spree

: a short period of time when you do a lot of something


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Kids Definition of spree

: an outburst of an activity They went on a buying spree.

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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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