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squander

[ skwon-der ]
/ ˈskwɒn dər /
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verb (used with object)

to spend or use (money, time, etc.) extravagantly or wastefully (often followed by away).
to scatter.

noun

extravagant or wasteful expenditure.

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Origin of squander

First recorded in 1585–95; origin uncertain

synonym study for squander

1. See spend.

OTHER WORDS FROM squander

squan·der·er, nounsquan·der·ing·ly, adverbre·squan·der, verb (used with object)un·squan·dered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for squander

squander
/ (ˈskwɒndə) /

verb (tr)

to spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate
an obsolete word for scatter

noun

rare extravagance or dissipation

Derived forms of squander

squanderer, noun

Word Origin for squander

C16: of unknown origin
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