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squander

[skwon-der] /ˈskwɒn dər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to spend or use (money, time, etc.) extravagantly or wastefully (often followed by away).
2.
to scatter.
noun
3.
extravagant or wasteful expenditure.
Origin of squander
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; origin uncertain
Related forms
squanderer, noun
squanderingly, adverb
resquander, verb (used with object)
unsquandered, adjective
Synonyms
1. waste, dissipate, lavish. See spend.
Antonyms
1. save.
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  • What then have you done with the sums given you from infancy to squander?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Then he'll get a kind of maggot in the brain, and squander every sixpence he can lay hands on.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • There's no fun in spendin' money, seems to me, unless you squander it reckless.

    Mary Louise in the Country L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
  • But now he was three years weaker, and he had no more money to squander.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • I also squander it on follies, but on follies of purely home growth.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for squander

squander

/ˈskwɒndə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate
2.
an obsolete word for scatter
noun
3.
(rare) extravagance or dissipation
Derived Forms
squanderer, noun
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for squander
v.

1580s (implied in squandering), "to spend recklessly or prodigiously," of unknown origin; Shakespeare used it 1593 in "Merchant of Venice" with a sense of "to be scattered over a wide area." Squander-bug, a British symbol of reckless extravagance and waste during war-time shortages, represented as a devilish insect, was introduced January 1943 by the National Savings Committee. In U.S., Louis Ludlow coined squanderlust (1935) for the tendency of government bureaucracies to spend much money.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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