spend Definition

  • 1to use money to pay for goods or services
  • 2to pass time in a particular way, especially when you are not working
  • 3to use a particular amount of time or energy doing something

Using spend: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "spend" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I spent all my money on clothes.

  • Example

    We spent the evening watching TV.

  • Example

    She spent years studying for her degree.

  • Example

    He spends his weekends playing golf.

spend Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for spend

Antonyms for spend

Idioms Using spend

  • a person who spends money in an extravagant, irresponsible way


    He's a spendthrift who can't resist buying expensive gadgets.

  • to go to the toilet


    Excuse me, I need to spend a penny.

  • to use up all your energy or resources


    Don't spend yourself too quickly, we still have a long way to go.

Phrases with spend

  • spend time/money/energy on something

    to use time, money, or energy doing something


    I don't want to spend any more money on this project.

  • to spend a lot of money


    She spent a fortune on her wedding dress.

  • to spend time with someone in a way that is meaningful and enjoyable


    I try to spend quality time with my family every weekend.

Origins of spend

from Old English 'spendan', meaning 'to consume'


Summary: spend in Brief

The verb 'spend' [spend] means to use money to pay for goods or services, to pass time in a particular way, or to use a particular amount of time or energy doing something. It can be used in phrases like 'spend time/money/energy on something,' 'spend a fortune,' and 'spend quality time.' Idioms include 'spendthrift,' 'spend a penny,' and 'spend yourself.'

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