squander
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈskwɒnd.ə/, [ˈskwɒnd.ə]
  • (America) IPA: /ˈskwɑn.dɚ/, [ˈskʷɑn.dɚ]
Verb

squander (squanders, present participle squandering; past and past participle squandered)

  1. To waste, lavish, splurge; to spend lavishly or profusely; to dissipate.
    • 1746, Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac
      Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.
    • I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.
  2. (obsolete) To scatter; to disperse.
    • Our squandered troops he rallies.
  3. (obsolete) To wander at random; to scatter.
    • c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene vii]:
      The wise man's folly is anatomized / Even by squandering glances of the fool.
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