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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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 Atlanta couldn’t squander this opportunity, not with three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, All-Star Walker Buehler and 20-game winner Julio Urias lined up the next three games for the Dodgers. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2021 However, redshirt junior Jack Tuttle dealt with some of the same turnover problems his predecessor did this season before his injury, and that helped the Hoosiers squander an outstanding performance by the their defense. Dustin Dopirak, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Oct. 2021 The House must not squander this opportunity to significantly improve all three. Rachelle Peterson, National Review, 7 Sep. 2021 The state shouldn’t ever again have to squander money on an extraneous election like the one California just experienced. Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2021 Jones also misunderstood a play call from the sideline on 4th-and-goal, leading the Gators to squander another scoring chance. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 8 Sep. 2021 With its shrinking, graying population and declining work force, Japan has little room to squander any of its talent. New York Times, 1 Sep. 2021 Team USA didn't squander a late lead against France this time. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2021 The 25-year-old rookie, playing in his third MLB game, struck out swinging at a slider with the bases loaded to squander the game-winning opportunity. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 22 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the second game in a row, the Red Sox got off to promising start, only to see the bullpen squander it. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Aug. 2021 If the Jazz squander playoff possessions or get sloppy on those trips, their chances at winning will greatly diminish. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 May 2021 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, 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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“Squander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squander. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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