spend

When you use money or time, you spend it. If you spend a lot of time at the mall, you'll probably also spend money there.

The verb spend is good for talking about passing time on a particular activity or living in one place for a length of time: "He went on to spend years in India." When you spend money, you pay it in return for something, like when you spend five dollars on a bottle of water at the airport or spend your savings on a trip around the world. The Latin root expendere means "to weigh out money."

Definitions of spend
  1. verb
    pass time in a specific way
    “how are you spending your summer vacation?”
    synonyms: pass
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    soldier
    serve as a soldier in the military
    slum
    spend time at a lower socio-economic level than one's own, motivated by curiosity or desire for adventure; usage considered condescending and insensitive
    weekend
    spend the weekend
    holiday, vacation
    spend or take a vacation
    do, serve
    spend time in prison or in a labor camp
    get through, while away
    spend or pass, as with boredom or in a pleasant manner; of time
    sojourn
    spend a certain length of time; reside temporarily
    overwinter, winter
    spend the winter
    summer
    spend the summer
    admit
    serve as a means of entrance
    honeymoon
    spend a holiday after one's marriage
  2. verb
    pay out
    spend money”
    synonyms: drop, expend
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    consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out
    use up (resources or materials)
    consume, squander, ware, waste
    spend extravagantly
    afford
    be able to spare or give up
    blow
    spend lavishly or wastefully on
    trifle away, wanton, wanton away
    spend wastefully
    underspend
    spend at less than the normal rate
    misspend
    spend (money or other resources) unwisely
    nickel-and-dime, penny-pinch
    spend money frugally; spend as little as possible
    commit, invest, place, put
    make an investment
    economise, economize, save
    spend sparingly, avoid the waste of
    lay out
    spend or invest
    piddle, piddle away, trifle, wanton, wanton away
    waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently
    misspend
    spend time badly or unwisely
    run out
    exhaust the supply of
    drain
    deplete of resources
    indulge, luxuriate
    enjoy to excess
    dissipate, fool, fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, shoot
    spend frivolously and unwisely
    luxuriate, wanton
    become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously
    burn, burn off, burn up
    use up (energy)
    fund
    invest money in government securities
    lavish, shower
    expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns
    overspend
    spend at a high rate
    tighten one's belt
    live frugally and use less resources
    fling, splurge
    indulge oneself
    roll over
    re-invest (a previous investment) into a similar fund or security
    shelter
    invest (money) so that it is not taxable
    tie up
    invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes
    job, speculate
    invest at a risk
    exhaust, play out, run down, sap, tire
    deplete
    buy into
    buy stocks or shares of a company
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    pay
    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
  3. verb
    spend completely
    “I spend my pocket money in two days”
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    overspend
    spend more than available of (a budget)
    underspend
    spend less than the whole of (a budget, for example)
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    consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out
    use up (resources or materials)
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