\ ˈsprē \

Definition of spree

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


geographical name
\ ˈshprā, 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Starting in 2014, Chinese investors went on a global expansion spree, buying office buildings and development projects to diversify their holdings and to seek steadier returns. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "Chinese Investors Back Away From Global Property Markets," 1 Jan. 2019 During Shanahan’s time on the board, the UW went on a building spree, and construction cranes dotted the campus. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Trump pick for acting defense secretary brings a knack for complex issues honed at UW, Boeing," 24 Dec. 2018 Six and a half minutes of silence, the duration of the Parkland shooting spree, before a crowd of as many as 800,000 on Pennsylvania Avenue and millions more watching around the world. Lara Backmender, Glamour, "The March for Our Lives Activists Who Said Never Again," 1 Nov. 2018 The original Heathers was a dark satire that featured two teen outsiders embarking on a killing spree, murdering the most popular students at their high school and ultimately plotting to blow up the school. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Heathers TV show was pulled following a mass shooting — for the third time this year," 29 Oct. 2018 The weekend crime spree crippling a city already battling a crisis. Fox News, "Legal, political fallout from Trump tweet on 2016 meeting," 6 Aug. 2018 The duo went on a commenting spree, nearly confirming their relationship on social media. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas: Everything To Know About Their Relationship," 27 July 2018 Miglin’s husband, Chicago real estate tycoon Lee Miglin, was one of the victims of Andrew Cunanan’s cross-country killing spree, on which the FX series was based. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "These Emmy nominees have ties to the Chicago area," 12 July 2018 Demi Moore was the subject of credit card theft after a man took her card on a shopping spree, spending as much as $169,000, according to federal prosecutors. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Demi Moore's Credit Card Was Stolen by Man Accused of Spending Over $169,000 at Retail Stores," 11 July 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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someone who never drinks alcohol

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