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spent

[spent] /spɛnt/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of spend.
2.
used up; consumed.
3.
tired; worn-out; exhausted.
Related forms
well-spent, adjective
Synonyms
3. weary, drained, fagged.
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Examples from the Web for well-spent
Historical Examples
  • It were a well-spent journey, Though seven deaths lay between.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • That good old umbrella after a well-spent life to get you into a trap like that.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham
  • Meanwhile, he smoked and dwelt on the serene reminiscences of a well-spent life.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • How should an old man live his days if not in dreaming of his well-spent past?

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • Well, why should one not enjoy a merry evening after a well-spent day?

    A Doll's House Henrik Ibsen
  • Four volumes of Dickens, bearing the mark of a well-spent and battered existence.

    The Rubicon E. F. Benson
  • The grandson of a Wharfdale peasant had ended a well-spent life.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • I wish the Church in America could see what has been achieved by that well-spent life.

    From Egypt to Japan Henry M. Field
  • A long, well-spent life, and a death to remember and desire.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
  • At the age of seventy-six, Andrews closed his well-spent life.

    Literary Byways William Andrews
British Dictionary definitions for well-spent

well-spent

adjective (well spent when postpositive)
1.
(of time or money) usefully or profitably spent or expended

spent

/spɛnt/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of spend
adjective
2.
used up or exhausted; consumed
3.
(of a fish) exhausted by spawning
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