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squander

[skwon-der] /ˈskwɒn dər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to spend or use (money, time, etc.) extravagantly or wastefully (often followed by away).
2.
to scatter.
noun
3.
extravagant or wasteful expenditure.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; origin uncertain
Related forms
squanderer, noun
squanderingly, adverb
resquander, verb (used with object)
unsquandered, adjective
Synonyms
1. waste, dissipate, lavish. See spend.
Antonyms
1. save.
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British Dictionary definitions for squanderer

squander

/ˈskwɒndə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate
2.
an obsolete word for scatter
noun
3.
(rare) extravagance or dissipation
Derived Forms
squanderer, noun
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for squanderer

squander

v.

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.

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