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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 squandering
  • If he's wrong, he could be squandering a brilliant career in cardiology on a pipe dream.
  • No more of this time-wasting, money-squandering, inter-vendor rivalry with their incompatible standards.
  • In fact, not to do so amounts to squandering a great national treasure.
  • Or blame yourself for squandering a tremendous opportunity.
  • We are squandering all our money right now on these manned adventures that will avail us absolutely nothing.
  • For a respected race: now running out of resources with the rest of the planet after unplanned squandering, do no more harm.
  • The writer had no intention of squandering money on decorations, either.
  • Sadly, many countries are squandering their best chance in decades.
  • But, as the report also points out, governments are squandering some of the benefits of this investment.
  • To prove that the opposite is true, though, the state will have to stop squandering resources and start using them wisely.
British Dictionary definitions for squandering


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 squandering



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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