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Spend is sometimes a misspelling of spent or splendid.

The word spend is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun spend

What does spend mean as a name of something?


  1. Amount spent (during a period).
  2. [context: pluralized, informal, often, childish] Money or pocket money.
  3. Discharged semen.

Definition of the verb spend

What does spend mean as a doing word?

Spend is one of the top 100 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. use up a period of time in a specific way
    • examples: how are you spending your summer vacation? | They spend a long time
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I spent all that time
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Recipient, subject control with -ing]I spent the time worrying about the future
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] on [Recipient, subject control with -ing]I spent the time on worrying about the future
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] on [Recipient, not sentential clause]I spent the time on worries

      Consume Verbs (with the same syntax): squander, waste.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of spend: pass
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
      • weekend = spend the weekend
      • vacation / holiday = spend or take a vacation
      • serve / do = spend time in prison or in a labor camp
      • get through / while away = spend or pass, as with boredom or in a pleasant manner
      • sojourn = spend a certain length of time
      • overwinter / winter = spend the winter
      • summer = spend the summer
  2. pay out
  3. spend completely

Phrases with Spend

  1. spend-all
  2. spend time
  3. spend a penny

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Spend

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Google previewRelease 2.0: (2009)

by Jimmy Guterman Ed.

advertising spend is the best predictor of buzz), but companies are learning that, particularly when applied to ...

Google previewHow Not to Be Wrong (2014)

The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg

An economist with more redistributionist sympathies would observe that this cuts both ways; maybe the government's diminished ability to spend means it constructs less infrastructure, regulates fraud less stringently, and generally does less of ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Church and Religious Organization Marketing (2013)

by Robert E Stevens, David L Loudon, Henry Cole, Bruce Wrenn

PROMOTION BUDGET An organization must determine the amount of funds it should spend on promotion. Ideally, a marginal analysis would be used when budgeting; that is, more dollars should be spent on promotion as long as benefits ...

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Usage statistics about spend

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb spend:

spoken English48.42%written English51.58% conversational speech39.9%task-oriented speech60.1% imaginative writing50.65%informational writing49.35%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb spend:


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Quotes about Spend

We all know what the problems are: it's tax and spend. One party will tax and spend, the other party won't tax but will spend. It's both of them together. (Glenn Beck)
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Scrabble value of S1P3E1N1D2

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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