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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.
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 squandered
  • They are in a position to do so much for so many and much of it is squandered in vanity construction and self-serving projects.
  • As time goes by, my squandered undergraduate education stands as one of my bigger life regrets.
  • They have dissipated their patrimonies, they have squandered their fortunes.
  • His painful toil had been wasted, his curious ingenuity had been squandered to no purpose.
  • As a result, they squandered less short-term memory on irrelevant details, such as cartoon locations they didn't need to recall.
  • If you have the ability and the desire, it shouldn't be squandered.
  • Trillions of squandered dollars there that can be put to better use in the civilian sector.
  • She had squandered her leverage and asked for too much.
  • We squandered that however on a war started on false pretenses.
  • When the government invests, there is no such constraint and money ends up being squandered.
British Dictionary definitions for squandered


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 squandered



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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