Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate. See Synonyms at waste.
  • transitive v. To fail to take advantage of; lose a chance for: squandered an opportunity to go to college.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To scatter.
  • n. Extravagant expenditure; prodigality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To waste, lavish, splurge

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of squandering; waste.
  • intransitive v. To spend lavishly; to be wasteful.
  • intransitive v. To wander at random; to scatter.
  • transitive v. To scatter; to disperse.
  • transitive v. To spend lavishly or profusely; to spend prodigally or wastefully; to use without economy or judgment; to dissipate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To scatter; disperse.
  • To spend lavishly, profusely, or prodigally; dissipate; use without economy or judgment; lavish: as, to squander one's money or an estate.
  • To disperse; wander aimlessly; go at random.
  • To waste one's substance; go to wasteful expense; spend recklessly.
  • n. The act of squandering.

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

  • v. spend thoughtlessly; throw away
  • v. spend extravagantly

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Will we see Brown bite the bullet and push for this referendum, or will we see him once again squander the chance for proper reform, reform that the Liberal Democrat’s have been calling for well before the expense scandal?

    Are we going to miss the chance for proper reform?… « My Liberal Democrat Political Ramblings…

  • To DW-S's mind, the economy is turning around, and now we have to worry that the new House majority will "squander" it.

    TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

  • That moment, the world was so on our side and we did kind of squander that.

    CNN Transcript Nov 2, 2009

  • I have finally gotten around to using the word "squander".

    unclebob Diary Entry

  • I was already sketching mental notes for my optimistic space exploration trilogy, so I didn't want to "squander" ideas for the novel by shoehorning them into a shorter piece.

    SF Signal

  • Because, without us (the Good People), injury victims "squander" their personal injury settlements.

    Beyond Structured Settlements

  • "Bush cover-up of torture bad, Obama cover-up of torture a good and necessary measure to save precious American lives." now being warned by his generals not to "squander" with his plans for pulling out some troops and leaving behind tens of thousands of others:

    Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque

  • Gordon Brown launched a new assault on excessive pay today with plans to name and shame bodies that "squander" public funds on huge salaries.

    FREE MARKET FAIRY TALES

  • Of course he went on to squander the good will of the entire world while failing to catch all the people that attacked us, but at that time and in that place, I was proud that he was my President.

    Matthew Yglesias » Bye, Bye Bushy

  • This hope and goodwill is the main thing that Egypt's transition process has going for it; it would be a terrible waste to squander it on shoddy, opaque preparation.

    Neil Hicks: Egypt's Malaise

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  • "I spent a lot of my money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
    - George Best.

    February 16, 2009

  • I hurl my heart to halt his pace,
    To quench his thirst I squander blood

    from "Pursuit," by Sylvia Plath

    April 8, 2008

  • Also see squawk.

    March 15, 2008

  • Also what squids on squalkabout do.

    March 14, 2008

  • Wasting time in squid-hunting, or paying too much for seafood.

    March 14, 2008