\ 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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Still, though, Mindhunter takes place in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when the BTK Killer was not in prison, but very much in the midst of his violent crime spree. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is the BTK Killer? What 'Mindhunter' Doesn’t Tell You About Dennis Rader," 30 Aug. 2019 Now, an indictment unsealed on Wednesday offers a fuller picture of the government's allegations against Thompson, and the scope of her alleged hacking spree. Wired, "Everything We Know About the Capital One Hacking Case So Far," 29 Aug. 2019 And so far this year, WeWork has only ramped up their spree with data platform Euclid as their first 2019 acquisition, mobile access platform Waltz in June, and real estate management platform SpaceIQ in July (to name a few). Anne Sraders, Fortune, "WeWork Continues Consolidation Spree with Acquisition of Spacious," 27 Aug. 2019 The two had reportedly gone to grab matcha teas on their shopping spree. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kourtney Kardashian Is Clearly a Super Fan of This Handsome French Designer," 23 Aug. 2019 About 30 seconds into his shooting spree, the killer was shot by police and died from his injuries. Greg Hanlon, PEOPLE.com, "Dayton Attacker Showed Ex-Girlfriend Video of Mass Shooting on 1st Date," 6 Aug. 2019 The El Paso shooter is reported to have used the dark web forum 8chan to post an anti-Latino manifesto before going on his killing spree. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "A 'direct correlation' between rise of hate on social media and attacks, says SPLC," 5 Aug. 2019 Francisco Barrios, 43, on Sunday drove from Chihuahua City in Mexico for his monthly shopping spree, which usually includes a stop at Walmart. Dallas News, "El Paso, the face of Hispanic and immigrant America, reels but vows to fight back," 4 Aug. 2019 Anbang funded its global spending spree by selling short-term, high-yield insurance products to Chinese consumers. WSJ, "China’s Newly Created Dajia Insurance Begins Absorbing Anbang," 11 July 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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