\ ˈsprē How to pronounce spree (audio) \

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 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

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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 In March, eight people were killed in a deadly spree shooting at three Atlanta-area spas, the majority of them women and of Asian descent. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Lucy Liu reveals the significance of her 'Charlie's Angels' role: It 'normalized Asian identity'," 30 Apr. 2021 The additions of Kenny Golladay and Kyle Rudolph and even John Ross in the free-agency spending spree means the Giants do not have to grab an offensive playmaker early in this draft. Los Angeles Times, "NFL beat writers mock draft: Will it be a historic year for QBs?," 26 Apr. 2021 The show ended first in a spree (best actor and actress took, what, three minutes?), then in a mass heart attack. New York Times, "What Did That Oscars Show Say About Movies? Our Critics Puzzle It Out.," 26 Apr. 2021 Hodgkinson struck Scalise in the hip, hit a lobbyist in the chest, and injured two U.S. Capitol Police officers in the spree. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "FBI determined 2017 GOP baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop,' lawmaker says," 21 Apr. 2021 The Knoxville Police Department said multiple people, including an officer on the force, were shot at a local high school Monday afternoon, the latest in a spree of mass shootings across the U.S. in recent weeks. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, "Multiple Gunshot Victims Reported At Tennessee School Shooting," 12 Apr. 2021 Those charged in the crime spree are predominantly teenagers. oregonlive, "Oregon’s billion-dollar weed economy faces new challenges," 1 Apr. 2021 The man identified by police as the gunman, 32-year-old Jason Nightengale, shot seven people, killing five, in a spree that stretched from the South Side to north of the city’s border into Evanston. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago sees another spike in shootings, with most killings in first 3 months of year since 2017," 1 Apr. 2021 In 1953, Ligon and four other Black teenagers were involved in an alcohol-fueled spree of robberies and stabbings in Philadelphia in which two people died. CBS News, "After 68 years in prison, "juvenile lifer" Joe Ligon is free and hopes for a "better future"," 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of spree


1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spree


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5 May 2021

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“Spree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spree. Accessed 7 May. 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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