un·​spent | \ ˌən-ˈspent How to pronounce unspent (audio) \

Definition of unspent

: not used up : not spent unspent funds

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In July 2018, the NFL and the National Institutes of Health ended a $30 million partnership with half the money left unspent. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What a lifetime of playing football can do to the human brain," 4 Feb. 2019 The state has about $2 billion in rainy-day funds, and this year’s state budget left $560 million unspent. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "North Carolina lawmakers mull Hurricane Florence spending," 15 Oct. 2018 The revised budget will be made possible, in part, by using unspent money from the previous spending plan. Paul Berger, WSJ, "MTA Commissioners Debate Cost Overruns, Transparency," 25 Apr. 2018 The ministry was doing the work but hadn't yet submitted the spending to the city, prompting what seemed like unspent money to be used elsewhere in the budget. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati's 2019 budget: Money for Health Gap, 911 center and police OT, and lots of fee increases," 27 June 2018 That same day, detectives obtained a search warrant and found three unspent bullets inside his Federal Way apartment, the charges say. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "‘I’m literally so scared for my life’: Woman killed in Kent park feared boyfriend, police say," 25 June 2018 In his budget, Wheeler proposed taking nearly $600,000 of unspent rehab money from the past two budget cycles, plus another roughly $600,000 earmarked in the upcoming fiscal year, and sending it elsewhere. Brad Schmidt, OregonLive.com, "Portland mayor proposes funding cut to program built on make-believe numbers," 4 May 2018 But noting the opposition to the guardian program in many districts and communities, the superintendents said much of the $67 million for that initiative may go unspent. Lloyd Dunkleberger, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Schools may not be able to add enough school resource officers, report says," 27 Mar. 2018 But barring a change in state law, the sheriffs have argued, retaining the unspent funds for personal use was legal and acceptable. The practice has been the subject of periodic controversy. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "Alabama Moves to Limit Sheriffs From Pocketing Jail Food Money," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of unspent

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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