verb (used with object), spent, spending.
to pay out, disburse, or expend; dispose of (money, wealth, resources, etc.): resisting the temptation to spend one's money.
to employ (labor, thought, words, time, etc.), as on some object or in some proceeding: Don't spend much time on it.
to pass (time) in a particular manner, place, etc.: We spent a few days in Baltimore.
to use up, consume, or exhaust: The storm had spent its fury.
to give (one's blood, life, etc.) for some cause.
verb (used without object), spent, spending.
to spend money, energy, time, etc.
Obsolete. to be consumed or exhausted.

1125–75; Middle English spenden, continuing Old English -spendan (in āspendan, forspendan to spend entirely or utterly) < West Germanic < Latin expendere to pay out, expend; compare German spenden

antispending, adjective
underspend, verb, underspent, underspending.
unspending, adjective

1. Spend, disburse, expend, squander refer to paying out money. Spend is the general word: We spend more for living expenses now. Disburse implies expending from a specific source or sum to meet specific obligations, or paying in definite allotments: The treasurer has authority to disburse funds. Expend is more formal, and implies spending for some definite and (usually) sensible or worthy object: to expend most of one's salary on necessities. Squander suggests lavish, wasteful, or foolish expenditure: to squander a legacy. 2. use, apply, devote.

1. earn, keep.
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spend (spɛnd)
vb , spends, spending, spent
1.  to pay out (money, wealth, etc)
2.  (tr) to concentrate (time, effort, thought, etc) upon an object, activity, etc
3.  (tr) to pass (time) in a specific way, activity, place, etc
4.  (tr) to use up completely: the hurricane spent its force
5.  (tr) to give up (one's blood, life, etc) in a cause
6.  obsolete (intr) to be used up or exhausted
7.  informal (Brit) spend a penny to urinate
8.  an amount of money spent, esp regularly, or allocated to be spent
[Old English spendan, from Latin expendere; influenced also by Old French despendre to spend, from Latin dispendere; see expend, dispense]

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Word Origin & History

"to pay out or away" (money or wealth), O.E. -spendan (in forspendan "use up"), from L. expendere "to weigh out money, pay down" (see expend). A general Gmc. borrowing (cf. O.H.G. spendon, Ger., M.Du. spenden, O.N. spenna). In ref. to labor, thoughts, time, etc., attested from c.1300.
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Idioms & Phrases


see pocket (spending) money.

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Example sentences
Some spend the night to get a choice time on another course.
The remaining students will spend less or more time depending on the various
  external factors.
Scientists spend too much time raising cash instead of doing experiments.
Birds you wouldn't normally see because they nest far to the north and spend
  the winter far to the south.
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