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[ skwon-der ]SEE DEFINITION OF squandering

Synonyms for squandering

  • blow
  • expend
  • lavish
  • misuse
  • waste
  • consume
  • dissipate
  • frivol
  • misspend
  • scatter
  • spend
  • trifle
  • be prodigal with
  • be wasteful
  • cash out
  • frivol away
  • go through
  • prodigalize
  • put out
  • run through
  • spend like water
  • spring for
  • throw away
  • throw money around
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Antonyms for squandering

  • hoard
  • save
  • accumulate
  • collect
  • gather
  • set aside
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SQUANDERING

You will succeed in getting hold of it and squandering it, one day or another.

Perhaps this was a mistake and a squandering of wealth and opportunities.

If he is drunken and worthless she may have him enjoined from squandering her property.

Very affable, she gave value to her affability by not squandering it.

May we ask where you've been in the habit of squandering your useful leisure?

But from this you must not imagine that I am fond of squandering.

I suppose he had talent, which he was squandering under the pretext of realism.

He had moreover been squandering money which had been settled on her by deed.

He was ashamed of Charity Coe, too, for squandering her prime and her pride.

His wife, a French lady, did her part in squandering her husband's wealth.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s (implied in squandering), "to spend recklessly or prodigiously," of unknown origin; Shakespeare used it 1593 in "Merchant of Venice" with a sense of "to be scattered over a wide area." Squander-bug, a British symbol of reckless extravagance and waste during war-time shortages, represented as a devilish insect, was introduced January 1943 by the National Savings Committee. In U.S., Louis Ludlow coined squanderlust (1935) for the tendency of government bureaucracies to spend much money.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SQUANDERING

dissipation

nounwantonness

loss

nounmisfortune, deficit; something misplaced or lost
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