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Definition of spree

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


geographical name
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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

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Examples of spree in a Sentence

Noun They went on a killing spree. went on a spending spree
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The spree was part of a broader capital-markets bonanza, through which companies issued huge amounts of equity and debt to make it through the pandemic. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "2020 SPAC Boom Lifted Wall Street’s Biggest Banks," 5 Jan. 2021 In all, the quartet alleged damaged 19 vehicles during their brick-throwing spree. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Massachusetts man permanently injured after 4 teens throw brick through car windshield in random attack: cops," 31 Dec. 2020 The Journal focused on the Wilks brothers both because of their donor history and their buying spree in recent months. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Ted Cruz defends effort to secure pandemic relief for oil and gas companies, including one run by major donors," 28 Dec. 2020 The supply chain problem—and Russia's hacking spree—is not unique to the US government. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Russia's Hacking Frenzy Is a Reckoning," 16 Dec. 2020 The Christmas shopping spree was the organization’s newest event. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio chef overcame troubled past to help youth avoid similar pitfalls," 14 Dec. 2020 But environmental experts say Georgia Power’s buying spree is larger than most previous residential land acquisitions by other utilities near their coal ash ponds in Florida, Indiana and North Carolina. ProPublica, "A Power Company’s Quiet Land-Buying Spree Could Shield It From Coal Ash Cleanup Costs," 24 Nov. 2020 This year’s fourth-quarter shopping spree will be even more crucial; many sales were missed when stores were closed, and consumers refrained from buying gold necklaces, designer handbags, and other discretionary items. Jordyn Holman, Bloomberg.com, "Retailers Brace for a Black Friday Without Crowds," 7 Oct. 2020 This is not the first time Amazon is going on a hiring spree in recent months. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Amazon to hire more than 1,750 temporary, full-time employees in Louisville region," 5 Aug. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Spree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spree. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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