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Definition of "spend" []

  • To use up or put out; expend: spent an hour exercising. (verb-transitive)
  • To pay out (money). (verb-transitive)
  • To wear out; exhaust: The storm finally spent itself. (verb-transitive)
  • To pass (time) in a specified manner or place: spent their vacation in Paris. (verb-transitive)
  • To throw away; squander: spent all their resources on futile projects. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spend" in a sentence
  • "Don't make too big a fool of yourself, nor marry your tango teacher, but spend my million, Drusilla, _spend it_ -- and may God rest your soul!"
  • "But we are to have the railroad to Mt. Jackson by Christmas, perhaps sooner; and then, if we can raise the wind, we can spend a portion of the winter in the city, and I hope you will find time to come up and _spend the day_ with me, as we will be near neighbors."
  • "In polls that employ the term "spend" or "spending" in describing the additional stimulus, its support drops to an average of 44 percent, with 50 percent saying that deficit reduction is the higher priority:"