squander

verb
squan·​der | \ ˈskwän-dər \
squandered; squandering\ ˈskwän-​d(ə-​)riŋ \

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

squander

noun

Definition of squander (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of squandering

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Other Words from squander

Verb

squanderer \ ˈskwän-​dər-​ər \ noun

Examples of squander in a Sentence

Verb

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

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Switching to Blink and Chromium will squander this advantage. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Report: Microsoft is scrapping Edge, switching to just another Chrome clone," 4 Dec. 2018 The lawmakers have alleged the state squandered millions of federal taxpayer dollars by ignoring debris removal contracts already in place and instead hiring more expensive companies for the work. Fox News, "Federal government will review Irma debris removal costs," 24 Sep. 2018 In 2004, Lipka was a restive, alienated kid at the University of Kentucky, squandering a soccer scholarship. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "The Temple grad who tried - and failed - to mastermind a $20 million art heist," 6 June 2018 But the hack screenplay by Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer gives the game away far too early, squandering the main thing the movie has going for it. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Unsane': Film Review | Berlin 2018," 21 Feb. 2018 However, Apple’s voice assistant has been riddled with problems that caused it to largely squander that lead. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 Instead, The Happytime Murders squanders that opportunity. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Happytime Murders tests the limits of subverting nostalgia," 24 Aug. 2018 Those parties had their chance and squandered it, many say. Paulina Villegas, New York Times, "Disenchanted Youth May Tip Mexican Election to López Obrador," 25 June 2018 After squandering two leads in a draw with Vancouver last Saturday, the Revolution (5-4-4) managed to salvage a point Wednesday despite playing from behind against Eastern Conference leader Atlanta. Dan Mcloone, BostonGlobe.com, "Revolution get right back at it against Red Bulls," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of squander

Verb

1536, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squander

Verb

origin unknown

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squander

verb

English Language Learners Definition of squander

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

squander

verb
squan·​der | \ ˈskwän-dər \
squandered; squandering

Kids Definition of squander

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

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