\ 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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That’s a message being preached to residents across Cleveland while a serial vehicle burglar remains at large and continues a busy crime spree. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland police searching for serial vehicle burglar," 10 June 2019 Grey Worm goes on a rogue killing spree during the Siege of King’s Landing, but ultimately decides to take himself and the Unsullied (and maybe the Dothraki?) to Naath, because he’s done with all the Westeros politics stuff. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones: Why It's Significant That Grey Worm Is Going to Naath," 28 May 2019 That’s because larvae developing in the fall are put on hold as pupae when the temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), to emerge as adults for a mass killing spree in springtime. Washington Post, "Pine-killing southern beetle may be more deadly in North," 10 June 2018 But first the background check process has to be tightened up across the board, as was made obvious in the case of Dylann Roof, the man arrested for the recent shooting spree in an African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina. Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek, "Americans Don't Have the Right to Bear Just Any Arms," 16 July 2015 Kylie Jenner may be holding backfrom posting new pictures of her daughter, but Khloé Kardashian is on a sharing spree. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's Every Photo of True Thompson Posted by Khloé Kardashian," 12 July 2018 The 3-year-old whose birthday was being celebrated when a man allegedly went on a stabbing spree in Idaho Saturday, attacking six children and three adults, has died. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "3-Year-Old Dies After Mass Stabbing at Her Birthday Party; Was Ethiopian Refugee Who Loved Princesses," 3 July 2018 Here's an idea: Have lunch with Mom and then take her on a furniture shopping spree, all in the name of a good discount. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Why You Should Eat at IKEA for Mother's Day," 6 May 2019 Here, 10 Vogue editor–approved beauty treatments, spa sprees, and next-gen products well worth the splurge. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "10 Decadent Beauty Splurges Worthy of Your Tax Return, According to Vogue Editors," 10 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of spree


1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spree


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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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