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spend

[spend] /spɛnd/
verb (used with object), spent, spending.
1.
to pay out, disburse, or expend; dispose of (money, wealth, resources, etc.):
resisting the temptation to spend one's money.
2.
to employ (labor, thought, words, time, etc.), as on some object or in some proceeding:
Don't spend much time on it.
3.
to pass (time) in a particular manner, place, etc.:
We spent a few days in Baltimore.
4.
to use up, consume, or exhaust:
The storm had spent its fury.
5.
to give (one's blood, life, etc.) for some cause.
verb (used without object), spent, spending.
6.
to spend money, energy, time, etc.
7.
Obsolete. to be consumed or exhausted.
Origin of spend
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English spenden, continuing Old English -spendan (in āspendan, forspendan to spend entirely or utterly) < West Germanic < Latin expendere to pay out, expend; compare German spenden
Related forms
antispending, adjective
underspend, verb, underspent, underspending.
unspending, adjective
Synonyms
1. Spend, disburse, expend, squander refer to paying out money. Spend is the general word: We spend more for living expenses now. Disburse implies expending from a specific source or sum to meet specific obligations, or paying in definite allotments: The treasurer has authority to disburse funds. Expend is more formal, and implies spending for some definite and (usually) sensible or worthy object: to expend most of one's salary on necessities. Squander suggests lavish, wasteful, or foolish expenditure: to squander a legacy. 2. use, apply, devote.
Antonyms
1. earn, keep.
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Examples from the Web for spending
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  • He had, therefore, merely gone to the city, and was spending his time in the taverns.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • I have no idea of spending another thousand years as I spent the last.

    The Three Golden Apples Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "My friend, who is spending a few weeks with me," explained the Doctor.

  • He drove over to see her while she was spending a few days with an aunt in Sudleigh.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Eagerly I worked at the laboratory, spending most of my evenings in study.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
British Dictionary definitions for spending

spend

/spɛnd/
verb spends, spending, spent
1.
to pay out (money, wealth, etc)
2.
(transitive) to concentrate (time, effort, thought, etc) upon an object, activity, etc
3.
(transitive) to pass (time) in a specific way, activity, place, etc
4.
(transitive) to use up completely: the hurricane spent its force
5.
(transitive) to give up (one's blood, life, etc) in a cause
6.
(intransitive) (obsolete) to be used up or exhausted
7.
(Brit, informal) spend a penny, to urinate
noun
8.
an amount of money spent, esp regularly, or allocated to be spent
See also spends
Derived Forms
spendable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English spendan, from Latin expendere; influenced also by Old French despendre to spend, from Latin dispendere; see expend, dispense
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Word Origin and History for spending

spend

v.

"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.

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Idioms and Phrases with spending
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