- To spend is to use all of a resource, to focus your energy on something or to give someone money.
- An example of to spend is to run until you have no more energy.
- An example of to spend is to use your time by reading.
- An example of to spend is to give a retailer money to buy new clothes.
- to use up, exhaust, consume, or wear out: his fury was spent
- to pay out (money); disburse
- to give or devote (time, labor, thought, or effort) to some enterprise or for some purpose
- to pass (a period of time): spending hours together
- to waste; squander
Origin: Middle English spenden from Old English spendan (in compound ) from Midieval Latin spendere from Classical Latin expendere: see expend
- to pay out or use up money, etc.
- Obsolete to be or become consumed, wasted, etc.
- spendable adjective
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verb spent spent , spend·ing, spends verb, transitive
- To use up or put out; expend: spent an hour exercising.
- To pay out (money).
- To wear out; exhaust: The storm finally spent itself.
- To pass (time) in a specified manner or place: spent their vacation in Paris.
- a. To throw away; squander: spent all their resources on futile projects.b. To give up (one's time or efforts, for example) to a cause; sacrifice.
- To pay out or expend money.
- To be exhausted or consumed.
Origin: Middle English spenden, partly from Old English -spendan (from Latin expendēre, to expend; see expend) and partly from Old French despendre, to weigh out; see dispense.
- spendˈa·ble adjective
- spendˈer noun