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Definition of "spent" []

  • Past tense and past participle of spend. (verb)
  • Used up; consumed: a spent youth. (adjective)
  • Having come to an end; passed: a spent era of opulence. (adjective)
  • Depleted of energy, force, or strength; exhausted: At the end of the hot day the spent workers slept under a shady tree. (adjective)
  • Nautical Of or relating to a vessel at the end of a voyage, with fuel, stores, and water consumed and cargo discharged. (adjective)

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 "spent" in a sentence
  • "The Differential Calculus is begun and the remainder of the term spent on exercises in differentiation of functions."
  • "Joseph Jackson didn't read the contract he signed for the boys; he thought he was committing them for one year but in effect Motown locked them in for five; their royalty rate amounted to roughly a dime per album -- say $100,000 for a million records sold -- minus whatever the label spent on the band, for recording and just about anything else."
  • "I guess a quarter of the time of the term spent campaigning is better than half."