- simple past tense and past participle of spend.
- used up; consumed.
- tired; worn-out; exhausted.
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- to pay out, disburse, or expend; dispose of (money, wealth, resources, etc.): resisting the temptation to spend one's money.
- to employ (labor, thought, words, time, etc.), as on some object or in some proceeding: Don't spend much time on it.
- to pass (time) in a particular manner, place, etc.: We spent a few days in Baltimore.
- to use up, consume, or exhaust: The storm had spent its fury.
- to give (one's blood, life, etc.) for some cause.
- to spend money, energy, time, etc.
- Obsolete. to be consumed or exhausted.
Origin of spend
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Examples from the Web for spent
Thus, more time is spent organization and obtaining ones free of failings.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
So when my wife and I moved to Laurel Canyon I spent my first year working night and day on the show.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
I spent time yesterday listening to the music you made, and looking at the art you created.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
That was amazing because I spent so much time in a different kind of studio for once!Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex
December 27, 2014
Once transferred to Karaj Prison, he spent an additional 15 days in solitary confinement.A Daughter’s Plea: Free My Father from Prison in Iran
Mitra Pourshajari, Movements.Org, Advancing Human Rights
December 26, 2014
He spent such an evening there at the end of their first month in New York.
In your service I have spent many toilsome days and sleepless nights.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Here he cooked and ate his meals, and here he spent his solitary evenings.Brave and Bold
The honeymoon will be spent at the town-house of the groom, in York Terrace.
Haven't we spent all our surplus in keeping you up for a good marriage?
- the past tense and past participle of spend
- used up or exhausted; consumed
- (of a fish) exhausted by spawning
- 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
- an amount of money spent, esp regularly, or allocated to be spent
Word Origin and History for spent
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with spent
see pocket (spending) money.