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[skwon-der] /ˈskwɒn dər/
verb (used with object)
to spend or use (money, time, etc.) extravagantly or wastefully (often followed by away).
to scatter.
extravagant or wasteful expenditure.
Origin of squander
1585-95; origin uncertain
Related forms
squanderer, noun
squanderingly, adverb
resquander, verb (used with object)
unsquandered, adjective
1. waste, dissipate, lavish. See spend.
1. save. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for squander
  • Diners squander valuable real estate by spreading salad alongside the entree.
  • Binge drinkers squander educational opportunities that others are denied.
  • It's not likely to occur when administrators squander tuition and taxpayer resources and hide their activities.
  • We didn't squander this economy or the present system of education.
  • Unfortunately in these things, too often there is only one short term winner, who too often squander any gains.
  • We must not allow the short-term economic woes of our generation squander our long-term aspirations in space science.
  • He steals a thousand francs from his brother, which he plans to squander at a bordello.
  • If you're saving up to buy a new video game, then you can't afford to squander valuable cash on candy.
  • They have been generating such surpluses and wealth for so long that they can afford to squander some of it.
  • We squander the energy in his gait with a lot of vertical motion.
British Dictionary definitions for squander


verb (transitive)
to spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate
an obsolete word for scatter
(rare) extravagance or dissipation
Derived Forms
squanderer, noun
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for squander

1580s (implied in squandering), "to spend recklessly or prodigiously," of unknown origin; Shakespeare used it 1593 in "Merchant of Venice" with a sense of "to be scattered over a wide area." Squander-bug, a British symbol of reckless extravagance and waste during war-time shortages, represented as a devilish insect, was introduced January 1943 by the National Savings Committee. In U.S., Louis Ludlow coined squanderlust (1935) for the tendency of government bureaucracies to spend much money.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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