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

  • v. Past tense and past participle of spend.
  • adj. Used up; consumed: a spent youth.
  • adj. Having come to an end; passed: a spent era of opulence.
  • adj. Depleted of energy, force, or strength; exhausted: At the end of the hot day the spent workers slept under a shady tree.
  • adj. Nautical Of or relating to a vessel at the end of a voyage, with fuel, stores, and water consumed and cargo discharged.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Consumed, used up, exhausted, depleted.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of spend.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exhausted; worn out; having lost energy or motive force.
  • adj. Exhausted of spawn or sperm; -- said especially of fishes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nearly or quite exhausted or worn out; having lost force or vitality; inefficient; impotent: generally in a comparative sense.
  • Exhausted by spending or spawning; of fish, having spawned.

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

  • adj. depleted of energy, force, or strength
  • adj. drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted


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  • The Differential Calculus is begun and the remainder of the term spent on exercises in differentiation of functions.

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  • Joseph Jackson didn't read the contract he signed for the boys; he thought he was committing them for one year but in effect Motown locked them in for five; their royalty rate amounted to roughly a dime per album -- say $100,000 for a million records sold -- minus whatever the label spent on the band, for recording and just about anything else.

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  • I guess a quarter of the time of the term spent campaigning is better than half.

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