Pronunciation Verb

spend (spends, present participle spending; past and past participle spent)

  1. (ambitransitive) To pay out (money).
    He spends far more on gambling than he does on living proper.
  2. To bestow; to employ; often with on or upon.
    • I […] am never loath / To spend my judgment.
  3. (dated) To squander.
    to spend an estate in gambling
  4. To exhaust, to wear out.
    The violence of the waves was spent.
    • their bodies spent with long labour and thirst
  5. To consume, to use up (time).
    My sister usually spends her free time in nightclubs.
    We spent the winter in the south of France.
    • 1661, John Fell (bishop), The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond ↗
      During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant […]
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 1, gbooks :
      Clara's father, a trollish ne'er-do-well who spent most of his time in brothels and saloons, would disappear for days and weeks at a stretch, leaving Clara and her mother to fend for themselves.
  6. (dated, ambitransitive) To have an orgasm; to ejaculate sexually.
    The fish spends his semen on eggs which he finds floating and whose mother he has never seen.
  7. (intransitive) To waste or wear away; to be consumed.
    Energy spends in the using of it.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      The sound spendeth and is dissipated in the open air.
  8. To be diffused; to spread.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      The vines that they use for wine are so often cut, that their sap spendeth into the grapes.
  9. (mining) To break ground; to continue working.
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  • Portuguese: gastar
  • Russian: тра́тить
Translations Noun


  1. Amount of money spent (during a period); expenditure.
    I’m sorry, boss, but the advertising spend exceeded the budget again this month.
  2. (in the plural) Expenditures; money or pocket money.
  3. Discharged semen.
  4. Vaginal discharge.
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