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

How to pronounce spend?

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    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say spend in sign language?

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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. Julia Mancuso:

    I personally love doing hot/cold, it’s a great way to recover, if you’re going into the hot tub make sure you periodically get out and into a cold shower. For every 5 minutes in hot I do 1 minute in cold-- and the more time you spend in the cold, the better the effect will be-- it helps flush out the lactic acid.

  2. Theophrastus:

    Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.

  3. Matthew Belloni:

    You have to spend money, you have to shake hands. You have to have a message for your movie.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Whatever you've spent or done on your own self already will surely die with you. Besides that, whatever you will spend or do on your own self subsequently will equally die with you. Yes! you heard me right as ever. But guess what? whatever you've spent or done on others already will rather outlive you. Moreover, whatever you will resolve hence forth to spend or do on someone else, others or the world will equally outlive you and speak for you perpetually after your demise. Now that is to say, you should endeavour to spend more of your God-given riches, money, resources, knowledge, insights, wisdom, time and stuffs like that on others than on your own self. Because, you will surely and eventually be appreciated, remembered and celebrated perpetually by the posterity ahead (all future generations) for doing just that. So come on, don't be possessive. In other words, don't be unwilling to share your possessions and time with someone else, others or the world at large. -Emeasoba George

  5. Gerrie Fourie:

    When you're in liquor [ sales ] you spend time in townships and shebeens [ beer taverns ], understanding South Africa in totality. That gave us a better understanding of the client.

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