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spend

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

First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English spenden, continuing Old English -spendan (in āspendan, forspendan “to spend entirely or utterly”), from West Germanic, from Latin expendere “to pay out, spend, expend” (see expend); compare German spenden

synonym study for spend

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM spend

an·ti·spend·ing, adjectiveun·der·spend, verb, un·der·spent, un·der·spend·ing.un·spend·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spend

spend
/ (spɛnd) /

verb spends, spending or spent
noun
an amount of money spent, esp regularly, or allocated to be spent
See also spends

Derived forms of spend

spendable, 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with spend

spend

see pocket (spending) money.

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