verb (used with object)
Origin of squander
Examples from the Web for squander
We need to tell our politicians to not squander our heritage.Honeywell CEO to Washington: Don’t Squander Our Heritage|Dave Cote|October 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On the other hand, if we let fear carry the day, we will squander another key moment to move forward together.Democrats Disagree on Fracking, and It's Starting to Show|Ilana Glazer|April 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Do we scale up effective intervention now and see a payoff in the next few years, or squander that opportunity?
I never knew him to take his time, squander words to be merely decorous.
But he has chosen to squander them in ways that have offended me.
And are you going to alter Jean's share too, so that this precious Vernon fellow may have something to squander?The Prodigal Father|J. Storer Clouston
Oh, why had she squandered, or allowed Stan to squander, those good round sovereigns of Hallowell and Smith's!A Crooked Mile|Oliver Onions
His successor and namesake did his best to squander away his fortune of thirty thousand pounds a year.Nooks and Corners of Old England|Allan Fea
"But dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of," as poor Richard says.
They also squander virtues and reputation and aptitudes and opportunities.Living for the Best|James G. K. McClure
British Dictionary definitions for squander
Word Origin for squander
Word Origin and History for squander
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.