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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No one was particularly excited: The Warriors had a history of squandering high picks. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Drafting Stephen Curry," 25 June 2019 Paraguay enters the fixture coming off a 2–2 draw against Qatar, squandering a 2-0 lead against the guest nation and Asian Cup champions, spoiling a fantastic solo goal by Derlis Gonzalez in the process. Kaelen Jones, SI.com, "Argentina vs. Paraguay Live Stream, TV Channel: How to Watch Copa America," 19 June 2019 The moral victory signaled hope, but the Commodores struggled to get over the hump, squandering a 21-3 lead during a home loss to UF and falling 14-7 a week later at Kentucky. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 71 Vanderbilt looks to keep pace in improving SEC East," 14 June 2019 The Aberdeen IronBirds squandered a 3-0 lead Friday night, losing at Hudson Valley, 5-4, in a McNamara Division game of the New York-Penn League. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "IronBirds lead early, rally late, in loss at Hudson Valley," 22 June 2019 Outgoing sheriffs in multiple counties proved beyond doubt that sheriffs in Alabama are given too much authority by tradition and the state constitution and many squander it on personal gain, petty power plays and blatant disregard for taxpayers. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al.com, "Alabama sheriffs need a comeuppance," 16 June 2019 But if the Raptors end up squandering their 3-1 lead, these two decisions will be heavily dissected. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "Warriors-Raptors Game 5: Five things we might have overlooked," 11 June 2019 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

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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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