Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To use up or put out; expend: spent an hour exercising.
  • transitive v. To pay out (money).
  • transitive v. To wear out; exhaust: The storm finally spent itself.
  • transitive v. To pass (time) in a specified manner or place: spent their vacation in Paris.
  • transitive v. To throw away; squander: spent all their resources on futile projects.
  • transitive v. To give up (one's time or efforts, for example) to a cause; sacrifice.
  • intransitive v. To pay out or expend money.
  • intransitive v. To be exhausted or consumed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to pay out (money)
  • v. to exhaust, to wear out
  • v. to consume, to use up (time)
  • v. to have an orgasm; to ejaculate sexually
  • n. Amount spent (during a period), expenditure
  • n. expenditures; money or pocket money.
  • n. Discharged semen

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To weigh or lay out; to dispose of; to part with.
  • transitive v. To bestow; to employ; -- often with on or upon.
  • transitive v. To consume; to waste; to squander; to exhaust.
  • transitive v. To pass, as time; to suffer to pass away.
  • transitive v. To exhaust of force or strength; to waste; to wear away.
  • intransitive v. To expend money or any other possession; to consume, use, waste, or part with, anything.
  • intransitive v. To waste or wear away; to be consumed; to lose force or strength; to vanish.
  • intransitive v. To be diffused; to spread.
  • intransitive v. To break ground; to continue working.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • To impart; confer; bestow for any reason; dispense.
  • To consume; use up; make away with; dispose of in using.
  • To pass; employ; while away: used of time, or of matters implying time.
  • To waste or wear out by use or action; incur the loss of. See phrase to spend a mast, below.
  • To exhaust of means, force, strength, contents, or the like; impoverish; enfeeble; only in the passive. See spent.
  • To cause the expenditure of; cost.
  • To pay or layout; make expenditure of money, means, strength, or anything of value.
  • To be lost or wasted; be dissipated or consumed; go to waste: as, the candles spend fast.
  • Specifically, to emit semen, milt, or spawn. See spent, 2.
  • To span; grasp with the hand or fingers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pay out
  • v. spend completely
  • v. pass time in a specific way

Etymologies

Middle English spenden, partly from Old English -spendan (from Latin expendēre, to expend; see expend) and partly from Old French despendre, to weigh out; see dispense.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English spenden, from Old English *spendan (attested in compounds āspendan ("to spend"), forspendan ("to use up, consume")), from Proto-Germanic *spendanan, *spendōnan (“to spend”), borrowed from Latin expendere ("to weigh out"). Cognate with Old High German spentōn ("to consume, use, spend") (whence German spenden ("to donate, provide")), Middle Dutch spenden ("to spend, dedicate"), Old Icelandic spenna ("to spend"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Don't make too big a fool of yourself, nor marry your tango teacher, but spend my million, Drusilla, _spend it_ -- and may God rest your soul!

    Drusilla with a Million

  • But we are to have the railroad to Mt. Jackson by Christmas, perhaps sooner; and then, if we can raise the wind, we can spend a portion of the winter in the city, and I hope you will find time to come up and _spend the day_ with me, as we will be near neighbors.

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  • In polls that employ the term "spend" or "spending" in describing the additional stimulus, its support drops to an average of 44 percent, with 50 percent saying that deficit reduction is the higher priority:

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  • I don't really like the term spend back because it sounds like there is some kind of price competition to buy the consumers 'willingness to use our products.

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  • Until very recently, it seems most conservatives understood that to spend is to tax.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Wave of Corporate Writedowns

  • Salesmen and even bankers preached the doctrine that to spend is to enlarge the activity of business.

    The Outlook for 1931

  • When you think about the expression spend your life, you’ll come to a sobering realization: Your life is something that you actually do spend every day, just as surely as if you were pulling out your wallet and peeling off hours like dollar bills as payment for each day’s experiences and memories.

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  • A. -- Yes, it's awfully funny and nice, makes our cunts what they call spend with pleasure.

    The Power of Mesmerism A Highly Erotic Narrative of Voluptuous Facts and Fancies

  • I've been debt free for years (no mortgage either), so our household spend is only $2K per month or so assuming we don't change any spending habits or cancel any planned travels.

    Your Emergency Fund Or Your Debt? | Lifehacker Australia

  • The only "cash" that goes to people that would actually spend is tax rebates, and we (and our groins) know how effective they are.

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