What does spend mean?

Definitions for spend
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word spend.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. spend(Noun)

    Amount spent (during a period), expenditure

    I'm sorry boss, but the advertising spend exceeded the budget again this month.

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

  2. spend(Noun)

    expenditures; money or pocket money.

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

  3. spend(Noun)

    Discharged semen

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

  4. spend(Verb)

    to pay out (money)

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

  5. spend(Verb)

    to exhaust, to wear out

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

  6. spend(Verb)

    to consume, to use up (time)

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [AS. spendan (in comp.), fr. L. expendere or dispendere to weigh out, to expend, dispense. See Pendant, and cf. Dispend, Expend, Spence, Spencer.]

  2. Spend(verb)

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

    Etymology: [AS. spendan (in comp.), fr. L. expendere or dispendere to weigh out, to expend, dispense. See Pendant, and cf. Dispend, Expend, Spence, Spencer.]

  3. Spend(verb)

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

    Etymology: [AS. spendan (in comp.), fr. L. expendere or dispendere to weigh out, to expend, dispense. See Pendant, and cf. Dispend, Expend, Spence, Spencer.]

  4. Spend(verb)

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

    Etymology: [AS. spendan (in comp.), fr. L. expendere or dispendere to weigh out, to expend, dispense. See Pendant, and cf. Dispend, Expend, Spence, Spencer.]

  5. Spend(verb)

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

    Etymology: [AS. spendan (in comp.), fr. L. expendere or dispendere to weigh out, to expend, dispense. See Pendant, and cf. Dispend, Expend, Spence, Spencer.]

  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

    Etymology: [AS. spendan (in comp.), fr. L. expendere or dispendere to weigh out, to expend, dispense. See Pendant, and cf. Dispend, Expend, Spence, Spencer.]

  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

    Etymology: [AS. spendan (in comp.), fr. L. expendere or dispendere to weigh out, to expend, dispense. See Pendant, and cf. Dispend, Expend, Spence, Spencer.]

  8. Spend(verb)

    to be diffused; to spread

    Etymology: [AS. spendan (in comp.), fr. L. expendere or dispendere to weigh out, to expend, dispense. See Pendant, and cf. Dispend, Expend, Spence, Spencer.]

  9. Spend(verb)

    to break ground; to continue working

    Etymology: [AS. spendan (in comp.), fr. L. expendere or dispendere to weigh out, to expend, dispense. See Pendant, and cf. Dispend, Expend, Spence, Spencer.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spend

    spend, v.t. to expend or weigh out: to give for any purpose: to consume: to waste: to pass, as time.—v.i. to make expense: to be lost, wasted, or dissipated: to emit milt, semen, &c.:—pr.p. spend′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. spent.—adj. Spen′dable, that may be spent.—ns. Spend′all, a spendthrift; Spen′der; Spen′ding; Spense=Spence (q.v.).—adj. Spent, exhausted: impotent: of fish, exhausted by spawning. [A.S. spendan—L. expendĕre or dispendĕre, to weigh out.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. spend

    This term is sometimes used in military matters to express the consumption of anything; as, to spend all your ammunition.

Editors Contribution

  1. spend

    To buy or purchase.

    They did spend some money purchasing some paint for the house.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  
  2. spend

    To share time with.

    They loved to spend time with each other as they lived together and valued their lives and looked forward to their wedding whjch would happen earlier than planned.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020  
  3. spend

    To use time.

    We love to spend time together on the farm.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 28, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spend in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of spend in a Sentence

  1. Lorraine Loots:

    Selective attention to detail, at times, my studio is so chaotic that I need to clear a small space on my desk amidst the pile of papers, paints, plants and figurines just to be able to work, but I'd spend an hour erasing and rewriting a letter that's a fraction of a millimeter too low/high/big/small.

  2. Nick Himley:

    We don't spend that much time in there, so I really don't know why it's a big deal.

  3. Lin Yutang:

    If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.

  4. Donald Trump:

    This has been a difficult week for the media because I forced them to travel with us all around the country and spend time with tens of thousands of proud Americans who believe in the defending our values, our culture, our borders, our civilization and our great American way of life.

  5. Francesca Colombo:

    It is quite shocking to see the increasing number of people which are at risk of poverty due to health spending, even in high-income countries ... there has been growth in the share and in the number of people who spend large proportions of their household budgets on health.

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