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, passverb

    pass time in a specific way

    "how are you spending your summer vacation?"

  2. spend, expend, dropverb

    pay out

    "spend money"

  3. spendverb

    spend completely

    "I spend my pocket money in two days"

Wiktionary

  1. spendnoun

    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. spendnoun

    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. spendnoun

    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. spendverb

    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. spendverb

    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. spendverb

    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. Spendverb

    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. Spendverb

    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. Spendverb

    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. Spendverb

    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. Spendverb

    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. Spendverb

    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. Spendverb

    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. Spendverb

    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. Spendverb

    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  

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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. Istiaque Ahmad:

    Jalalabad is a very important field and plays a crucial role in ensuring the overall gas supply in Bangladesh, had there been no indigenous gas in the country, we would have been compelled to spend an enormous amount of foreign exchange on imported fuel oil and gas.

  2. Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris:

    I spend a lot of hours every week on an elliptical or a bike just to increase blood flow to my brain, and it turns out every morning when I put on a tie I’m diminishing it.

  3. The Queens mom:

    I’ve had to watch my high-school senior spend an entire year at home in isolation while receiving a very limited education, he has been unmotivated and now only talks about wanting to leave NYC.

  4. Los Angeles:

    I was completely in shock, when I saw someone else in a costume, my first reaction wasn't' Oh ! It's Alec Wells !' My reaction was' Oh ! Some other weirdo dressed up in the streets ! It's a Halloween miracle !' I figured it out pretty quickly, though, and when I did, I was so completely overwhelmed. It hit me that Alec Wells created an incredibly magical moment for me, and all because Alec Wells wanted to spend the rest of Alec Wells life with me.

  5. Lana Turner:

    A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

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