spend «spehnd», verb, spent, spend|ing.
1. to pay out: »

She spent ten dollars shopping for food today.

2. to use (labor, material, thought, or some other resource) to some purpose; use: »

Spend more time on that lesson. Why do you spend many words and speak in many ways on this subject? (Benjamin Jowett).

3. to pass (as time or one's life) in a particular manner, occupation, or place: »

to spend one's spare time reading. We spent last summer at the seashore. All his life had been spent confronting others with the truth about themselves (Morris L. West).

4. to use up; exhaust or consume by use; wear out: »

The storm has spent its force. He spends himself in foolish activities.

5. to waste; squander: »

He spent his fortune on horse racing.

6. to lose, as for a cause: »

To royalize his blood, I spent mine own (Shakespeare).

1. to pay out money: »

Earn before you spend.

2. Obsolete. to be exhausted, consumed, or used up: »

The sound spendeth, and is dissipated in the open air (Francis Bacon).

[Middle English spenden, Old English -spendan, as in forspendan use up < Latin expendere. See etym. of doublet expend. (Cf.expend)]
spend´er, noun.
Synonym Study transitive verb.1 Spend, expend, disburse mean to pay out money: »

She spends all she earns.

Expend is used chiefly of paying out large amounts for definite and serious purposes: »

The United States has expended vast sums to strengthen her allies.

Disburse implies the payment from a fund for definite purposes in authorized amounts: »

The treasurer reports what he disburses.

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