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squander

[skwon-der]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to spend or use (money, time, etc.) extravagantly or wastefully (often followed by away).
  2. to scatter.
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noun
  1. extravagant or wasteful expenditure.
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Origin of squander

First recorded in 1585–95; origin uncertain
Related formssquan·der·er, nounsquan·der·ing·ly, adverbre·squan·der, verb (used with object)un·squan·dered, adjective

Synonyms

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1. waste, dissipate, lavish. See spend.

Antonyms

1. save.
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  • What then have you done with the sums given you from infancy to squander?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Then he'll get a kind of maggot in the brain, and squander every sixpence he can lay hands on.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • There's no fun in spendin' money, seems to me, unless you squander it reckless.

    Mary Louise in the Country

    L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)

  • But now he was three years weaker, and he had no more money to squander.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • I also squander it on follies, but on follies of purely home growth.


British Dictionary definitions for squander

squander

verb (tr)
  1. to spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate
  2. an obsolete word for scatter
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noun
  1. rare extravagance or dissipation
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Derived Formssquanderer, noun

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for squander

v.

1580s (implied in squandering), "to spend recklessly or prodigiously," of unknown origin; Shakespeare used it 1593 in "Merchant of Venice" with a sense of "to be scattered over a wide area." Squander-bug, a British symbol of reckless extravagance and waste during war-time shortages, represented as a devilish insect, was introduced January 1943 by the National Savings Committee. In U.S., Louis Ludlow coined squanderlust (1935) for the tendency of government bureaucracies to spend much money.

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