spend

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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.

Nearby words

  1. spence,
  2. spencer,
  3. spencer gulf,
  4. spencer, herbert,
  5. spencerian,
  6. spendable,
  7. spender,
  8. spending money,
  9. spends,
  10. spendthrift

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

SYNONYMS 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. 2. use, apply, devote.

ANTONYMS FOR spend
1. earn, keep.

Related formsan·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 spends

spends

pl n

Lancashire dialect a child's pocket money

spend

verb spends, spending or spent

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

noun

an amount of money spent, esp regularly, or allocated to be spent
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 spends

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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Idioms and Phrases with spends

spend

see pocket (spending) money.

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