Definitions for spendspɛnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spendspɛnd(v.)spent, spend•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to pay out or otherwise dispose of (money, resources, etc.).

  2. to expend (time, labor, thought, etc.) on some enterprise.

  3. to pass (time) in a particular manner, place, etc.:

    to spend a few days in Boston.

  4. to use up; exhaust:

    The storm had spent its fury.

  5. to give (one's life, blood, etc.) for some cause; sacrifice.

  6. (v.i.)to spend money, energy, time, etc.

  7. Obs. to be consumed or exhausted.

Origin of spend:

1125–75; ME; OE -spendan (in āspendan, forspendan to spend entirely or utterly) < WGmc < L expendere to pay out, expend


Princeton's WordNet

  1. spend, pass(verb)

    pass time in a specific way

    "how are you spending your summer vacation?"

  2. spend, expend, drop(verb)

    pay out

    "spend money"

  3. spend(verb)

    spend completely

    "I spend my pocket money in two days"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spend(verb)ɛnd

    to use money

    I spent all my money.; I spend about $30/week on food.; How much did you spend?

  2. spendɛnd

    to use time

    We spent two weeks camping in Colorado.; I'd like to spend more time with the kids.; She spent about an hour doing homework.


  1. spend(Noun)

    Amount spent (during a period), expenditure

    Iu2019m sorry boss, but the advertising spend exceeded the budget again this month.

  2. spend(Noun)

    expenditures; money or pocket money.

  3. spend(Noun)

    Discharged semen

  4. spend(Verb)

    to pay out (money)

  5. spend(Verb)

    to exhaust, to wear out

  6. spend(Verb)

    to consume, to use up (time)

  7. Origin: From spenden, from * (attested in compounds aspendan, forspendan), from spendanan, borrowed from expendere. Cognate with spenton (whence spenden), spenden, Old spenna.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spend(verb)

    to weigh or lay out; to dispose of; to part with; as, to spend money for clothing

  2. Spend(verb)

    to bestow; to employ; -- often with on or upon

  3. Spend(verb)

    to consume; to waste; to squander; to exhaust; as, to spend an estate in gaming or other vices

  4. Spend(verb)

    to pass, as time; to suffer to pass away; as, to spend a day idly; to spend winter abroad

  5. Spend(verb)

    to exhaust of force or strength; to waste; to wear away; as, the violence of the waves was spent

  6. Spend(verb)

    to expend money or any other possession; to consume, use, waste, or part with, anything; as, he who gets easily spends freely

  7. Spend(verb)

    to waste or wear away; to be consumed; to lose force or strength; to vanish; as, energy spends in the using of it

  8. Spend(verb)

    to be diffused; to spread

  9. Spend(verb)

    to break ground; to continue working

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spend' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1575

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spend' in Written Corpus Frequency: #795

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spend' in Verbs Frequency: #99

Anagrams of spend

  1. pends

Translations for spend

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to use up or pay out (money)

He spends more than he earns.

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