- 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 spending
At the same time, campaigns are spending less while the special-interest groups are spending more.The 100 Rich People Who Run America
January 5, 2015
I was thinking about retiring from modeling, but spending that time with them rekindled that bug.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex
December 27, 2014
His claim that taxpayers are spending millions of dollars for each detainee rates True.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec 21
December 21, 2014
Similar language has been included in spending bills since 1987.The GOP’s Hidden Ban on Prison Abortions
December 13, 2014
It did not particularly appeal to Havel, who was spending the week at Hrádeček.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
He had, therefore, merely gone to the city, and was spending his time in the taverns.Rico and Wiseli
I have no idea of spending another thousand years as I spent the last.The Three Golden Apples
"My friend, who is spending a few weeks with me," explained the Doctor.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
He drove over to see her while she was spending a few days with an aunt in Sudleigh.Tiverton Tales
Eagerly I worked at the laboratory, spending most of my evenings in study.City of Endless Night
- 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 spending
"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.