verb (spent; spending) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English -spendan, from Medieval Latin expendere to disburse, use up, from Latin, to measure by weight, pay out — more at expend Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to use up or pay out ; expend 2. a. exhaust, wear out <
the hurricane gradually spent itself
b. to consume wastefully ; squander <
the waters are not ours to spend — J. R. Ellis
3. to cause or permit to elapse ; pass <
spend the night
4. give up, sacrifice intransitive verb 1. to expend or waste wealth or strength 2. to become expended or consumed 3. to have an orgasm • spendable adjectivespender noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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