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verb (used with object), spent, spend·ing.
  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.
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verb (used without object), spent, spend·ing.
  1. to spend money, energy, time, etc.
  2. Obsolete. to be consumed or exhausted.
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Origin of spend

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 formsan·ti·spend·ing, adjectiveun·der·spend, verb, un·der·spent, un·der·spend·ing.un·spend·ing, adjective

Synonyms for spend

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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 for spend

1. earn, keep.
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Related Words for spending

use, waste, consume, give, invest, contribute, expend, employ, settle, concentrate, allocate, drop, donate, devote, kill, go, blow, exhaust, confer, drain

Examples from the Web for spending

Contemporary Examples of spending

Historical Examples of spending

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for spending

spend

verb spends, spending or spent
  1. to pay out (money, wealth, etc)
  2. (tr) to concentrate (time, effort, thought, etc) upon an object, activity, etc
  3. (tr) to pass (time) in a specific way, activity, place, etc
  4. (tr) to use up completelythe hurricane spent its force
  5. (tr) to give up (one's blood, life, etc) in a cause
  6. (intr) obsolete to be used up or exhausted
  7. spend a penny British informal to urinate
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noun
  1. an amount of money spent, esp regularly, or allocated to be spent
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See also spends
Derived Formsspendable, adjective

Word Origin for spend

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with spending

spend

see pocket (spending) money.

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