• WordNet 3.6
    • v spend pay out "spend money"
    • v spend spend completely "I spend my pocket money in two days"
    • v spend pass time in a specific way "how are you spending your summer vacation?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, Americans spend five times more of their time in their cars than they do on vacation
    • Spend To be diffused; to spread. "The vines that they use for wine are so often cut, that their sap spendeth into the grapes."
    • Spend To bestow; to employ; -- often with on or upon. "I . . . am never loath
      To spend my judgment."
    • Spend (Mining) To break ground; to continue working.
    • Spend To consume; to waste; to squander; to exhaust; as, to spend an estate in gaming or other vices.
    • Spend To exhaust of force or strength; to waste; to wear away; as, the violence of the waves was spent . "Their bodies spent with long labor and thirst."
    • Spend To expend money or any other possession; to consume, use, waste, or part with, anything; as, he who gets easily spends freely. "He spends as a person who knows that he must come to a reckoning."
    • Spend To pass, as time; to suffer to pass away; as, to spend a day idly; to spend winter abroad. "We spend our years as a tale that is told."
    • Spend To waste or wear away; to be consumed; to lose force or strength; to vanish; as, energy spends in the using of it. "The sound spendeth and is dissipated in the open air."
    • Spend To weigh or lay out; to dispose of; to part with; as, to spend money for clothing. "Spend thou that in the town.""Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On average, Americans spend $1300 on utility bills annually
    • spend To pay or give out for the satisfaction of need, or the gratification of desire; part with for some use or purpose; expend; lay out: used of money, or anything of exchangeable value.
    • spend To impart; confer; bestow for any reason; dispense.
    • spend To consume; use up; make away with; dispose of in using.
    • spend To pass; employ; while away: used of time, or of matters implying time.
    • spend To waste or wear out by use or action; incur the loss of. See phrase to spend a mast, below.
    • spend To exhaust of means, force, strength, contents, or the like; impoverish; enfeeble; only in the passive. See spent.
    • spend To cause the expenditure of; cost.
    • spend To pay or layout; make expenditure of money, means, strength, or anything of value.
    • spend To be lost or wasted; be dissipated or consumed; go to waste: as, the candles spend fast.
    • spend Specifically, to emit semen, milt, or spawn. See spent, 2.
    • spend To span; grasp with the hand or fingers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ever year, Americans spend close to $25 billion on beer
    • v.t Spend spend to expend or weigh out: to give for any purpose: to consume: to waste: to pass, as time
    • v.i Spend to make expense: to be lost, wasted, or dissipated: to emit milt, semen, &c.:—pr.p. spend′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. spent
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  • Archibishop of Canterbury
    Archibishop of Canterbury
    “I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.”
  • John Wanamaker
    John Wanamaker
    “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “If you give money, spend yourself with it.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Never spend your money before you have earned it.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Riches are for spending.”
  • Josh Billings
    “There's lots of people who spend so much time watching their health, they haven't got time to enjoy it.”


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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. spendan,in comp.), fr. L. expendere, or dispendere, to weigh out, to expend, dispense. See Pendant, and cf. Dispend Expend Spence Spencer


In literature:

She wrote and told her mother what she had done, and resolved to spend her time studying at the British Museum.
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
Frau Steinmann was, with other elderly ladies of the company, to spend the evening there.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
Why don't you spend some of your money for the cause that's alive instead of on furniture and stenographers and diamond rings!
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
The steward explained to us that he was spending the day with Crossan.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
The people who have money to spend are becoming excessively careful.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
He'll spend his money and he'll burn his fingers, and I don't care how much money he spends or how much he burns his hands.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Father said it was to furnish my home when I got married, but I would rather spend it on my voice.
"A Singer from the Sea" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I spend Extravagant fortunes in acquiring boredom.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
When they do not see objects on which to spend it, they seek them out.
"Trading" by Susan Warner
I had an engagement, but I broke it because I wanted to spend the evening with you.
"The Romance of a Plain Man" by Ellen Glasgow

In poetry:

Now, freed from bondage, sin, and death,
We walk in Wisdom's ways;
And wish to spend our every breath,
In wonder, love, and praise.
"We Were Pharaoh's Bondmen" by John Newton
Far from the moilding town and trade,
How sweet to spend
An hour amid the misty glade,
And find a friend
In every tiny blossom, and to lie,
And dream of Him whose love can never die.
"Lines On Receiving A Bunch Of Wild Hyacinths" by John Hartley
My star, God's glow-worm! Why extend
That loving hand of his which leads you
Yet locks you safe from end to end
Of this dark world, unless he needs you,
just saves your light to spend?
"Popularity" by Robert Browning
But you, who now with festive Garlands crown'd,
In chase of Pleasure the gay Moments spend,
By quick Enjoyment heal Love's pleasing Wound,
And grieve for nothing, but your absent Friend.
"Elegy IV" by James Hammond
How a man often kills his wife,
How every one dies in the end
By fire, or water or a knife.
If you're not careful in this life,
Even if you can trust your friend,
You won't have long to spend.
"The Picture Book" by Robert Graves
O, light my path with thy fond voice,
And make my happy heart rejoice;
Be constant, true, until the end,
Thy radiance on my dark way spend;
My life is woven into thine,
So, love, I need thee all the time.
"When, Love, I Need Thee Most" by Josephine Delphine Henderson Heard

In news:

CORPUS CHRISTI — Nueces County Commissioner Oscar Ortiz did taxpayers a service last week when he asked that his $150,000 allotment for discretionary spending be enlarged.
There are 25 volunteers who spend three or more hours a week at the booth which is located in Barcelona near the Dan Reed Pier.
The right has railed against entitlement spending since the 1960s, and its frustration boiled over in the Tea Party movement.
NORTH KINGSTOWN – In the beginning of the year, the North Kingstown town council and school committee signed a consent agreement as a way to control the school district's spending because of an anticipated deficit.
Koch was named the new men's coach at NAIA powerhouse Auburn-Montgomery after spending three seasons overseeing the women's program, which had a 48-19-3 record.
Spending on services from schools to prisons would fall by about $900 million.
Authoritative advice about withdrawing troops, cutting defense spending.
Bridal spending tops $125 billion.
Add it all up — and the USDA says you'll spend $230,000 by the time they hit 18 — up 2% from last year.
Obama met with the top leaders of the House and Senate for more than an hour Friday on ways to avert the cliff, a series of automatic tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to take effect Jan 1.
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Congressional leaders of both parties emerged from talks with President Barack Obama optimistic that they could reach a compromise to avert the "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and massive spending cuts set to kick in Jan 1.
President Obama unveiled a spending plan aimed at trimming $4 trillion from the deficit over the next decade, while boosting spending to programs to stimulate the still-ailing US economy.
Pharmaceutical Technology's annual survey on equipment and machinery reveals the spending levels and types of spending made in 2009 and planned for 2010.
California's motto : Spend, spend, spend.

In science:

This would be expected if the cooled gas forms into stars that spend most of their time orbiting near the radius where they formed.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
We expect the walk to spend most of its time between the vertices m and v .
Fast graphs for the random walker
As explained in the introduction, the lower bound is obtained by forcing the Brownian motion to spend a certain amount of time in boxes where the field v/plog(T ) has a fixed profile.
Quenched large deviations for diffusions in a random Gaussian shear flow drift
The physical reason for this is the reduced entropy; spending the energy one has spanned an entropic spring.
Energy landscape - a key concept for the dynamics of glasses and liquids
In fact, all of the solutions shown in Figure 9 spend more time crossing the outer 10% of the stellar radius than they do traveling from r = r0 to r = 0.9 R∗ .
Magnetic Fields in Massive Stars. II. The Buoyant Rise of Magnetic Flux Tubes Through the Radiative Interior