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

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Other Words from squander


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

Examples of squander in a Sentence


He vowed not to squander this opportunity. squandered all her money gambling in casinos

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With defeats in Games 6 and 7, Golden State became the first team in NBA history to squander a 3-1 Finals lead. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ Draymond Green has incentive to be on best behavior in Game 6," 12 June 2019 Pastrnak scored with less than six minutes left to squander any life in the Enterprise Center. Kristen Nelson, SI.com, "Tuukka Rask Comes Through Again as Bruins Force Game 7 in Stanley Cup Final," 9 June 2019 Incidentally, the Warriors are the only one out of 31 NBA teams to squander a 3-1 series lead in the Finals in 2016. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Klay Thompson has good news on hamstring entering Game 5," 9 June 2019 That all changed as fast as the Lightning squandered a three-goal lead before losing 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their first-round series Wednesday night. Josh Dubow, The Seattle Times, "Lightning look to bounce back from Game 1 collapse," 12 Apr. 2019 The Blazers fell 116-105 Saturday night to the San Antonio Spurs, squandering a chance to clinch homecourt advantage in the playoffs. ... OregonLive.com, "Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets: Game preview, TV channel, how to watch live stream," 9 Apr. 2018 The researchers found that the money, far from being squandered on vice, went largely to subsistence and legitimate enterprise. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Who Really Stands to Win from Universal Basic Income?," 24 Mar. 2014 The evening, although heavy given the subject matter, didn’t squander notions of positivity, hope, and optimism. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The New York Next Generation Hosts a Record-Breaking Fundraiser for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum," 7 Apr. 2019 But when the General Assembly passed the resolution recognizing Israel’s independence, the Arab states immediately launched a war, which squandered the Partition Plan’s window for an Arab state on the West Bank. Daniel J. Arbess, WSJ, "The True-State Solution," 2 Jan. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of squander

: to use (something) in a foolish or wasteful way


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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