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
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)