verb (used with object), spent, spend·ing.
- to pay out, disburse, or expend; dispose of (money, wealth, resources, etc.): resisting the temptation to spend one’s money.
- to employ (labor, thought, words, time, etc.), as on some object or in some proceeding: Don’t spend much time on it.
- to pass (time) in a particular manner, place, etc.: We spent a few days in Baltimore.
- to use up, consume, or exhaust: The storm had spent its fury.
- to give (one’s blood, life, etc.) for some cause.
verb (used without object), spent, spend·ing.
- to spend money, energy, time, etc.
- Obsolete. to be consumed or exhausted.
verb -spends, -spending or -spent
- to spend less than (one can afford or is allocated)
- the amount by which someone or something is underspent
verb spends, spending or spent
- to pay out (money, wealth, etc)
- (tr) to concentrate (time, effort, thought, etc) upon an object, activity, etc
- (tr) to pass (time) in a specific way, activity, place, etc
- (tr) to use up completelythe hurricane spent its force
- (tr) to give up (one’s blood, life, etc) in a cause
- (intr) obsolete to be used up or exhausted
- spend a penny British informal to urinate
- an amount of money spent, esp regularly, or allocated to be spent
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. see pocket (spending) money.