squander

verb
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

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 How to pronounce squanderer (audio) \ 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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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 The more consistent message of the two-hour hearing at Amundsen High School on the North Side was that the city has squandered the right to run the Police Department without some level of community oversight. Annie Sweeney, chicagotribune.com, "Strong support voiced for community oversight of Chicago police at final public hearing," 6 June 2018 Finally, Brendan Brown, chief economist and head of economic research at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, talks about asset price inflation and how Trump and the GOP have squandered the opportunity to tackle monetary disorder. Bloomberg.com, "Trumpcare Bill Doesn’t Age Well, Nisen Says," 22 June 2017 By John Sleezer | Vahe Gregorian The bullpen squandered an overwrought yet productive outing from Duffy, who struck out nine and yielded six hits. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals bullpen, dormant offense spoil Danny Duffy's start in narrow loss to Twins," 9 July 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

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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 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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