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spent

[spent] /spɛnt/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of spend.
2.
used up; consumed.
3.
tired; worn-out; exhausted.
Related forms
well-spent, adjective
Synonyms
3. weary, drained, fagged.

spend

[spend] /spɛnd/
verb (used with object), spent, spending.
1.
to pay out, disburse, or expend; dispose of (money, wealth, resources, etc.):
resisting the temptation to spend one's money.
2.
to employ (labor, thought, words, time, etc.), as on some object or in some proceeding:
Don't spend much time on it.
3.
to pass (time) in a particular manner, place, etc.:
We spent a few days in Baltimore.
4.
to use up, consume, or exhaust:
The storm had spent its fury.
5.
to give (one's blood, life, etc.) for some cause.
verb (used without object), spent, spending.
6.
to spend money, energy, time, etc.
7.
Obsolete. to be consumed or exhausted.
Origin
1125-1175
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
Related forms
antispending, adjective
underspend, verb, underspent, underspending.
unspending, adjective
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1. earn, keep.
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Examples from the web for spent
  • 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 residence.
  • They thrive through summer and bloom nearly nonstop into fall if you keep the spent flowers picked.
  • With repeat-flowering kinds, deadhead spent blooms regularly, cutting back several inches to a five-leaflet leaf.
  • After that initial flush fades, simply nip off spent blooms and the plant will slip into another round of bloom.
  • It spent several hours in this vulnerable state as it unfolded and dried its wings.
  • Evenings are spent gorging on cheese fondue and planning the next day's routes.
  • Farmers had money in their pockets and spent it in the town's stores.
  • spent fuel now sits in cooling pools and temporary storage areas waiting for somebody to figure out what to do with it.
British Dictionary definitions for spent

spent

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

spend

/spɛnd/
verb spends, spending, spent
1.
to pay out (money, wealth, etc)
2.
(transitive) to concentrate (time, effort, thought, etc) upon an object, activity, etc
3.
(transitive) to pass (time) in a specific way, activity, place, etc
4.
(transitive) to use up completely: the hurricane spent its force
5.
(transitive) to give up (one's blood, life, etc) in a cause
6.
(intransitive) (obsolete) to be used up or exhausted
7.
(Brit, informal) spend a penny, to urinate
noun
8.
an amount of money spent, esp regularly, or allocated to be spent
See also spends
Derived Forms
spendable, adjective
Word Origin
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 and History for spent

spend

v.

"to pay out or away" (money or wealth), Old English -spendan (in forspendan "use up"), from Latin expendere "to weigh out money, pay down" (see expend). A general Germanic borrowing (cf. Old High German spendon, German and Middle Dutch spenden, Old Norse spenna). In reference to labor, thoughts, time, etc., attested from c.1300.

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