squan·​der | \ ˈskwän-dər How to pronounce squander (audio) \
squandered; squandering\ ˈskwän-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce squander (audio) \

Definition of squander

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to spend extravagantly or foolishly : dissipate, waste squandered a fortune
2 : to cause to disperse : scatter
3 : to lose (something, such as an advantage or opportunity) through negligence or inaction



Definition of squander (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of squandering

Other Words from squander


squanderer \ ˈskwän-​dər-​ər How to pronounce squander (audio) \ noun

Examples of squander in a Sentence

Verb He vowed not to squander this opportunity. squandered all her money gambling in casinos
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a number of states with Democratic governors, including Pennsylvania, Illinois and Minnesota, Republicans have rallied behind candidates who may squander coveted opportunities for GOP pickups. Jonathan Martin, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2022 Bream then shifted the conversation to November's midterm elections, and whether a few controversial Republican Senate candidates could squander the momentum the GOP has gained during the Biden administration. Ronn Blitzer, Fox News, 18 July 2022 Don’t squander real-world human connection opportunities. William Arruda, Forbes, 19 July 2022 And looking back sadly, the United States will probably never have another halcyon period like that to squander with minimalist ambitions and guttersnipe politics about nothing. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 27 June 2022 Jackson refuses to squander that opportunity and wins the gold in the 500, becoming the first Black woman to medal in speed skating in the process. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Feb. 2022 A half a year of higher-than-normal inflation is not a reason to squander this opportunity to act. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 12 Nov. 2021 Or, look at how ready the council is to squander $46 million on the Medical Mart/Global Center for Health Innovation. cleveland, 4 June 2022 And yet, once Soto was replaced by right-hander Will Vest, Baltimore did what Baltimore had done all night — squander the chance. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the second game in a row, the Red Sox got off to promising start, only to see the bullpen squander it. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Aug. 2021 If the Jazz squander playoff possessions or get sloppy on those trips, their chances at winning will greatly diminish. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 May 2021 Every day Trump and the Republicans squander brings us a day closer to the election and a likely Biden presidency. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of squander


1536, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squander


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“Squander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squander. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for squander


squan·​der | \ ˈskwän-dər How to pronounce squander (audio) \
squandered; squandering

Kids Definition of squander

: to spend foolishly : waste She squandered her allowance. Don't squander this opportunity.

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