Definition for spend

verb as in use time; occupy

Strongest matches

consume, devote, employ, go, kill, put in, waste

Strong matches

drift, fill, fritter, idle, laze, misuse, pass, squander

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Example Sentences

Luckily for him, he found Sairam Palicherla, a scientist who has spent more than two decades studying farming.

Last week, she spent hours on the phone with colleagues to check on the status of their intensive care units.

From Vox

I’ve written before about how billionaire philanthropists can spend their money to fight climate change.

From Vox

I was tired of spending my evenings trying to understand the next day.

From Eater

American spent an estimated $9 billion on the holiday in 2018, according to Vox.

From Quartz

Speech, in this case, is our ability to spend money on a goofy entertainment.

Earlier this week, Huckabee ended his Fox News talk show so he could spend time mulling another bid for the Republican nomination.

Prosecutors wanted him to spend at least 10 years behind bars.

He is expected to spend the next few days closeted with lawyers and advisers at his home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.

Instead, I spend much of my time criticizing my fellow atheists.

It's a certainty that they will be captured if they spend that money at any trading-post within our jurisdiction.

He told her he would probably spend the next day in bed for a thorough rest, and she agreed that that would be a very good idea.

This is a big country, but you can count on the fingers of one hand the places where a man can spend money.

Also, some ominous comments on what armies spend and what Governments scrimp:—that is ammunition.

In order not to weary your Majesty, I shall not dwell longer upon this, or spend time setting forth our losses.


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On this page you'll find 127 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to spend, such as: allocate, concentrate, consume, contribute, donate, and drop.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.