- 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 spends
But throughout it all, Ryan learns the true meaning of the holidays and spends it with family.The Top 10 Nontraditional Christmas TV Episodes
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We see the effects of a state that spends more money per capita on prisons than it does on education.Bobby Shmurda and Rap’s Ultimate Hoop Dream
December 23, 2014
The Economist has calculated that it spends $170 billion annually in the United States alone.Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?
November 19, 2014
They feed the mind, to be sure, but also help him get through the interminable hours he spends on planes.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
The Queen is still in Scotland, where she spends her summer holiday.Queen Tells Scots To 'Think Very Carefully' About Independence Vote
September 14, 2014
Say, Myrtle, on the dead, he spends money just like a young Jew trying to be white!The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I think he spends hours in that boat, and what he does I can't conceive.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Every woman has money of her own, and spends it for jewelry.The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ</p>
And when your husband earns anything he spends it in drink, I suppose?The Silver Box (First Series Plays)
She spends some time in her own house, but is often away visiting other Temples.Lotus Buds</p>
- Lancashire dialect a child's pocket money
- 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 spends
"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.