squander

To squander means to spend extravagantly, thoughtlessly, or wastefully. If you need to save for college, don't squander your income on nightly sushi dinners.

Squander used to mean scatter, and the way we use it now implies throwing something (like money) all over the place. You can squander time as well as money. If you have a big deadline but you are chatting away or looking at social networking sites, you are squandering your time. If you have an opportunity to play for a major league baseball team but show up late to tryouts and criticize the coach, you have probably squandered your chance.

Definitions of squander
  1. verb
    spend thoughtlessly; throw away
    “You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree”
    synonyms: blow, waste
    blow
    spend lavishly or wastefully on
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    Antonyms:
    conserve, economise, economize, husband
    use cautiously and frugally
    types:
    burn
    spend (significant amounts of money)
    type of:
    expend, use
    use up, consume fully
  2. verb
    spend extravagantly
    synonyms: consume, ware, waste
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    dissipate, fool, fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, shoot
    spend frivolously and unwisely
    luxuriate, wanton
    become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously
    lavish, shower
    expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns
    overspend
    spend at a high rate
    fling, splurge
    indulge oneself
    type of:
    drop, expend, spend
    pay out
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