\ ˈsprē How to pronounce spree (audio) \

Definition of spree

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

Examples of spree in a Sentence

went on a spending spree
Recent Examples on the Web In the past few weeks, the U.S. government has been setting the stage to go on a bit of a hiring spree. Declan Harty, Fortune, 12 May 2022 The Boston financial firm expects to end the year with as many as 68,000 employees, up about 19% from the start of 2022, building on a hiring spree that began in late 2020. Justin Baer, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 Recently, the owner of the place went on a hiring spree. Morgan Absher, USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2022 To power the service, Fox Weather went on a hiring spree and brought on board meteorologists, anchors, and reporters from around the country. Andy Meek, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Sergio Correa carried out the deadly crime spree with his adopted younger sister, Ruth Correa, who will be sentenced Tuesday afternoon. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 3 May 2022 White in December of 2015 was accused in a two-state crime spree that left a dog dead and a woman injured. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, 30 Apr. 2022 Thanks to the efforts of Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Avast, ESET and Black Lotus Labs, Zloader’s crime spree may now have come to an end. Lee Mathews, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 The crime spree began shortly after midnight, when a 911 caller reported that a man had tried to force his way into a house in Tierrasanta. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spree

1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spree

origin unknown

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17 May 2022

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“Spree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spree. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ ˈsprē How to pronounce spree (audio) \

Kids Definition of spree

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

Spree geographical name

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

Definition of Spree

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

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