Dictionary.com Unabridged


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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To spent
World English Dictionary
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]

spent (spɛnt)
1.  the past tense and past participle of spend
2.  used up or exhausted; consumed
3.  (of a fish) exhausted by spawning

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
To someone who has spent years in graduate school, the reach of a scholarly
  editor can seem tantalizingly broad.
Even more surprisingly, the amount of money spent on need-based grants grew
  faster than the amount spent on merit-based grants.
Water wasn't as plentiful then, plus people usually spent only a few weeks in
They thrive through summer and bloom nearly nonstop into fall if you keep the
  spent flowers picked.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature