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squander

verb squan·der \ ˈskwän-dər \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of squander

squandered; squandering play \ˈskwän-d(ə-)riŋ\
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

squanderer

play \ˈskwän-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of squander in a Sentence

  1. He vowed not to squander this opportunity.

  2. squandered all her money gambling in casinos

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Origin and Etymology of squander

origin unknown

squander Synonyms

Antonyms

conserve;

Phrases

play ducks and drakes with (or make ducks and drakes of);


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squander

noun

Definition of squander

: an act of squandering

First Known Use of squander

1709

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SQUANDER Defined for English Language Learners

squander

Definition of squander for English Language Learners

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


SQUANDER Defined for Kids

squander

verb squan·der \ ˈskwän-dər \

Definition of squander for Students

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


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