Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “spend”

spend

verb uk   /spend/ (spent, spent) us  

spend verb (MONEY)

A2 [I or T] to give money as a payment for something: How much did you spend? I don't know how I managed to spend so much in the pub last night. We spent a fortune when we were in New York. She spends a lot of money on clothes. We've just spent £1.9 million on improving our computer network. We went on a spending spree (= we bought a lot of things) on Saturday.

spend verb (TIME)

A2 [T] to use time doing something or being somewhere: I think we need to spend more time together. I spent a lot of time cleaning that room. I've spent years building up my collection. I spent an hour at the station waiting for the train. How long do you spend on your homework? My sister always spends ages in the bathroom. We spent the weekend in London. You can spend the night here if you like.

spend verb (FORCE)

[T] to use energy, effort, force, etc., especially until there is no more left: For the past month he's been spending all his energy trying to find a job. They continued firing until all their ammunition was spent (= there was none of it left). The hurricane will probably have spent most of its force (= most of its force will have gone) by the time it reaches the northern parts of the country. Her anger soon spent itself (= stopped).

spend

noun [S] uk   /spend/ UK informal us  
the amount of money that is spent on something: The total spend on the project was almost a million pounds.
(Definition of spend from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of spend?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “spend” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

see the light of day

When something sees the light of day, it appears for the first time.

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More