- to pay out, disburse, or expend; dispose of (money, wealth, resources, etc.): resisting the temptation to spend one's money.
- to employ (labor, thought, words, time, etc.), as on some object or in some proceeding: Don't spend much time on it.
- to pass (time) in a particular manner, place, etc.: We spent a few days in Baltimore.
- to use up, consume, or exhaust: The storm had spent its fury.
- to give (one's blood, life, etc.) for some cause.
- to spend money, energy, time, etc.
- Obsolete. to be consumed or exhausted.
Origin of spend
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Examples from the Web for spend
Speech, in this case, is our ability to spend money on a goofy entertainment.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
Earlier this week, Huckabee ended his Fox News talk show so he could spend time mulling another bid for the Republican nomination.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!
January 8, 2015
Prosecutors wanted him to spend at least 10 years behind bars.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv
Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich
January 7, 2015
He is expected to spend the next few days closeted with lawyers and advisers at his home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
Instead, I spend much of my time criticizing my fellow atheists.The Case Against In-Your-Face Atheism
January 4, 2015
Men who take from the poor daily interest for a drachma, and spend it in debauchery.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He ran over in his mind the friends with whom he could spend the time agreeably.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
And so to-night I am going to spend them, not prudently on bread, but prodigally on beer.
They waste the time one should spend in making them come true.
"To come home and read, or spend a social evening with a friend," George answered.Life in London
- to pay out (money, wealth, etc)
- (tr) to concentrate (time, effort, thought, etc) upon an object, activity, etc
- (tr) to pass (time) in a specific way, activity, place, etc
- (tr) to use up completelythe hurricane spent its force
- (tr) to give up (one's blood, life, etc) in a cause
- (intr) obsolete to be used up or exhausted
- spend a penny British informal to urinate
- an amount of money spent, esp regularly, or allocated to be spent
Word Origin and History for spend
"to pay out or away" (money or wealth), Old English -spendan (in forspendan "use up"), from Latin expendere "to weigh out money, pay down" (see expend). A general Germanic borrowing (cf. Old High German spendon, German and Middle Dutch spenden, Old Norse spenna). In reference to labor, thoughts, time, etc., attested from c.1300.