spend

[ spend ]
/ spɛnd /

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.

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

Related forms

an·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 underspend (1 of 2)

underspend

/ (ˌʌndəˈspɛnd) /

verb -spends, -spending or -spent

to spend less than (one can afford or is allocated)

noun (ˈʌndəˌspɛnd)

the amount by which someone or something is underspent

British Dictionary definitions for underspend (2 of 2)

spend

/ (spɛnd) /

verb spends, spending or spent

noun

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

Derived Forms

spendable, 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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Idioms and Phrases with underspend

spend


see pocket (spending) money.

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