spree

noun
\ 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

Spree

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

binge, fling, frisk, frolic, gambol, idyll (also idyl), lark, ploy, revel, rollick, romp

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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

Before this year’s ransomware spree, MSPs were susceptible to other kinds of cybercrime. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The New Target That Enables Ransomware Hackers to Paralyze Dozens of Towns and Businesses at Once," 12 Sep. 2019 And Charlotte’s father is the town sheriff, which might have been convenient during a murder spree. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Giant': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 Starke, Florida — Gary Ray Bowles, a serial killer who preyed on older gay men during an eight-month spree that left six dead, was executed by lethal injection Thursday at Florida State Prison. CBS News, "Florida executes man who preyed on gay men during 8-month killing spree," 22 Aug. 2019 But with brick and mortar bonanzas taking a general backseat to online spending sprees, the gap between the number of shoppers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday has begun to close. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: Everything You Need to Know," 31 July 2019 It was built during a decade-long corporate buying spree that started when music valuations were low. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "A Major Indie: CEO Hartwig Masuch Looks at BMG's First 10 Years -- and Shares His Vision for Its Future," 26 July 2019 And the Hard Rock is in the midst of a hiring spree, conducting job fairs to fill an estimated 1,200 openings. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Guitar-shaped Hard Rock hotel starts revealing stunning display of lights," 19 July 2019 To go on destruction sprees that would make the Hulk jealous, of course! Wired, "Loot Boxes Should Be Regulated as Gambling, Parliament Says," 13 Sep. 2019 Seven of them died in a crazy spree of violence (Sept. 14, 1989), and by nightfall their families, friends and relatives were still trying to understand. courier-journal.com, "Standard Gravure remembered: Here are all the victims from the 1989 mass shooting," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of spree

Noun

1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spree

Noun

origin unknown

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spree

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spree

: a short period of time when you do a lot of something

spree

noun
\ ˈsprē How to pronounce spree (audio) \

Kids Definition of spree

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

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