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

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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 Progressives were just as worried that a Biden Administration would squander the opportunity to pursue transformative reforms that the U.S. overwhelmingly needs. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, "A Black Lives Matter Founder on Building Modern Movements," 18 Jan. 2021 Italy’s business leaders have urged the government not to squander the opportunity. New York Times, "The Pandemic Helped Reverse Italy’s Brain Drain. But Can It Last?," 8 Jan. 2021 The 25-year-old started the final round five shots behind leader Hinako Shibuno but eventually finished two shots clear of the Japanese, who had two bogeys on the front nine to squander her lead early on. Matias Grez, CNN, "A-Lim Kim mounts incredible comeback to win the US Women's Open and clinch her first major," 15 Dec. 2020 Jose Cisnero gave up a three-run homer to squander the lead. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers wrapping up 2020 season: 12 things to watch with 12 games to go," 15 Sep. 2020 Los Angeles went one step further, becoming the first team in NFL history to squander leads of 16 points or more in four straight games. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Falcons vs. Chargers live stream (12/13): How to watch NFL Week 14 online, TV, time," 13 Dec. 2020 As the two sat in metal chairs around a table, Nelson challenged Adrian, who transferred high schools after his freshman year and missed his sophomore season of football, to not squander his massive potential. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions RB Adrian Peterson returns to Minnesota: 'You remember who hurt you'," 9 Nov. 2020 Guarantano threw a pick-six, veteran kicker Brent Cimaglia missed two field field goals and the Vols’ defense suffered a busted coverage to squander a 13-0 lead. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "UF vs. Tennessee is high stakes game for Gators, but lacks fanfare," 3 Dec. 2020 While the Chargers have blown the biggest leads, there have been plenty of other teams to squander big advantages. Josh Dubow, Star Tribune, "Chargers make blown leads an art form in season full of them," 4 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "The Surprising Boredom of Trump’s Circus Show," 26 Aug. 2020

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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


origin unknown

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The first known use of squander was in 1536

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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Squander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squander. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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