• WordNet 3.6
    • n spending the act of spending or disbursing money
    • n spending money paid out; an amount spent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, Americans spend $1300 on utility bills annually
    • n Spending The act of expending; expenditure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Americans spend approximately $25 billion each year on beer.
    • n spending The act of paying out money.
    • n spending Ready money; cash; means.
    • n spending Seminal emission.
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “If you give money, spend yourself with it.”
  • George Herbert
    “Spend not on hopes.”
  • William James
    “The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
  • Lana Turner
    Lana Turner
    “A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Whatever you have spend less.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage”


Spend a penny - (UK) This is a euphemistic idiom meaning to go to the toilet.
Spend like a sailor - Someone who spends their money wildly spends like a sailor.


In literature:

I spend at least one half my time, I should judge, keeping things off, in defending my character.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Let us, then, enquire together what sort of games the playing class in England spend their lives in playing at.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Febrer began to spend his afternoons in the room of the English girl.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Thanks to Rupert's efficient agency, they were able to spend that night at Utrecht, and the next day went on.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
She put the money into her mother's hand, for she did not know how to spend it.
"Nobody's Girl" by Hector Malot
The piano, he observed, was closed, and it was inexplicable that Kirkwood should be spending an unmusical evening with Rose.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
I had been spending my vacations teaching in them.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
Aymer kept him well supplied and encouraged him to spend freely.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
We didn't go in town so much that summer and used to spend more time on our piazza.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
Life is too short to spend in earthly contentions.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne

In poetry:

I do not count the hours I spend
In wandering by the sea;
The forest is my loyal friend,
Like God it useth me.
"Waldeinsamkeit" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
I had no where to go,
I had no money to spend:
"O come with me," the Beaver said,
"I live at the world's end."
"A Ballad of The Kind Little Creatures" by Richard Le Gallienne
But the world's before me now,
Why should I despair?
I will not spend my days in vain,
I will not linger here!
"Verses" by Anne Bronte
Now many a million tortured souls
In his red halls there be:
Why does he spend his subtle craft
In hunting after me?
"The Robe Of Christ" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Let sinners take their course,
And choose the road to death
But in the worship of my God
I'll spend my daily breath.
"Psalm 55" by Isaac Watts
Ah, golden time, I did thee spend
In sin and idleness,
Ah, health and wealth, I did you lend
To bring me to distress.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan

In news:

If you have a spare $60,000 to spend this holiday season.(Gilt.com).
Guard members spend four weeks learning and living at the training site.
PATRICIA A KIDD spends the wee hours in her apartment in Upper Marlboro, Md.
In country after country, increased government spending acted more like a depressant than a stimulant.
If you're willing to spend a bit of money, you can get a much better smartphone on US Cellular.
Why Would We Spend Five Days Watching Dearborn Assembly Build Its Last Mustangs.
McConnell Optimistic on Spending Deal That Will ' Astonish the American People'.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) spoke about the Senate's spending bill, which he says will avert a government shutdown and fund disaster relief if passed.
Meant another year of spending our evening at home and spending.
Would you spend more on a remote than many people would spend on their entire home theater.
Heinz has doubled its marketing spend from three years ago, as it focuses on innovation and boosts the proportion of digital spend from 3% to 20%, according to UK boss Matt Hill this week.
Spend it now or spend it later.
"It's not only how much you spend, but how you spend it," he said.
Strangely enough, however, there's evidence that politicians don't get credit for spending money preparing adequately for a potential disaster—just for spending to alleviate disasters' effects.
Obama spends more - if you don't count spending on the privileged .

In science:

This and the lack of detection by the periodicity analysis suggests that this pulsar spends a significant fraction of time in a null state.
The Parkes multibeam pulsar survey: VI. Discovery and timing of 142 pulsars and a Galactic population analysis
We are able to reconstruct the random potential in a significant interval where the walk spends most of its time.
Sinai's walk: a statistical aspect
Let Bj be the time, after Aj , that the process D(·) spends at j ; note that conditioned on Aj , Bj is an exponential(j + β ) variable.
Growth of preferential attachment random graphs via continuous-time branching processes
In the asymptotic regime we can use a simple model for these oscillations which is based on the observation that the orbit ABT spends an increasing amount of τ -time in a neighborhood of the Kasner fixed points, while each transition always takes a fixed ∆τ (depending on the transition).
The cosmological billiard attractor
This is motivated by the observation (see previous section) that most particles spend very little time at distances |r| < rv , and by the assumption (verified in ) that the remaining particles produce only a correction to ρ(r).
Concentration fluctuations of large Stokes number particles in a one-dimensional random velocity field