\ 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Police said the spree began when a 2017 silver Chevy Traverse was stolen around 11 p.m. on July 18, in the 1900 block of Maryland Ave. in Station North, just before Artscape weekend, the charging document said. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Teen charged in robbery of Baltimore deputy commissioner was on GPS monitoring, court records show," 2 Aug. 2019 With the league's decision to move free agency up to 6 p.m. ET on July 30, all 30 NBA teams were firing on all cylinders as the offseason spending spree began. Matt Dollinger, SI.com, "Every Move From the Insane First Six Hours of NBA Free Agency," 1 July 2019 Google’s shopping spree in San Jose’s urban core began in December 2016 with a $55 million purchase. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Google grabs more sites across from downtown San Jose train hub," 28 June 2019 Federal officials have said that investigators are working with state and local officials to match the confessions and evidence of women found across the country during Little's killing spree. Fox News, "Convicted serial killer Samuel Little may be linked to death of Arkansas woman," 17 July 2019 Van Houten, now 69, was not involved in the infamous grisly killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others during a two-day spree by Manson followers in the same year. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Former Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Denied Parole for the Third Time," 5 June 2019 Police also said a garage was burglarized and a vehicle was stolen during the spree. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Crime alert for Germantown after 16 reports of vehicle thefts in one night," 13 July 2018 The ex-wife of the man who fatally shot six people in the Phoenix area during a four-day killing spree gave viewers an intimate look into the couple's tumultuous divorce and custody battle. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Scottsdale-area shootings: 4 things we learned from 'Dateline' feature," 29 June 2018 Six women spent a combined $80,000 during a 45-minute shopping spree and the group indulged in late nights out, racking up thousands of dollars of bills on champagne and cocktails. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "England's 'WAGs' once again take center stage at the World Cup," 28 June 2018

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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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not constant or steady

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