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spend

verb  /spend/ ( past tense and past participle spent  /spent/) us  

spend verb (MONEY)

[I/T] to give money as a payment for something: [T] We spent a lot of money on our vacation but we had a great time.

spend verb (TIME)

[T] to use time; to allow time to go past: It doesn’t look as if you spent very long on your homework. I’ve spent many years building up my collection. You can spend the night here if you like (= stay here for the night).

spend verb (FORCE)

[T] to use energy, effort, force, etc., until there is no more left: For the past month he’s been spending all his energy trying to find a job.
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