Translation of "spend" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /spend/ us /spend/ spent, spent

spend verb (MONEY)

A2 [ I or T ] to give money as a payment for something

How much did you spend? 你花了多少钱?
I don't know how I managed to spend so much in the club last night. 我不知道昨晚在酒吧怎么会花了这么多钱。
We spent a fortune when we were in New York. 我们在纽约花了一大笔钱。
She spends a lot of money on clothes. 她在衣服上花销很大。
We've just spent $1.9 million on improving our computer network. 我们刚花了190万英镑改进我们的计算机网络系统。
We went on a spending spree (= we bought a lot of things) on Saturday. 我们周六疯狂购物。

More examples

  • It may be fairly cheap to buy, but you've got to take into consideration the money you'll spend on repairs.
  • The number of staff we can take on will be determined by how much money we're allowed to spend.
  • I'm meant to be on an economy drive at the moment, so I'm trying not to spend too much.
  • We are duty bound to justify how we spend our funds.
  • The council has some spare cash which it proposes to spend on public amenities.

spend verb (TIME)

A2 [ T ] to use time doing something or being somewhere

I think we need to spend more time together. 我认为我们应该多花些时间呆在一起。
I spent a lot of time cleaning that room. 我花了很长时间打扫那个房间。
I've spent years building up my collection. 我花了好多年时间搜集藏品。
I spent an hour at the station waiting for the train. 我在火车站等车等了一个小时。
How long do you spend on your homework? 你做家庭作业用多长时间?
My sister always spends ages in the bathroom. 我姐姐总是花很长的时间梳洗打扮。
We spent the weekend in Buenos Aires. 我们在伦敦度过了周末。
You can spend the night here if you like. 如果你愿意的话,可以在这里过夜。

More examples

  • Students learning computer studies spend two days each week in a computer lab and four days in the classroom.
  • I have to spend three months of the year away from home - but there are compensations like the chance to meet new people.
  • They were condemned to spend the rest of their lives in prison.
  • It would be a crime to spend such a beautiful day indoors.
  • We would spend every meal time entreating the child to eat her vegetables.

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. 过去的一个月里,他竭尽全力想找份工作。
They continued firing until all their ammunition was spent (= there was none of it left). 他们持续开火,直到弹药全部打光为止。
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. 飓风抵达该国北部地区时,风势可能已减弱了大半。
Her anger soon spent itself (= stopped). 她的怒气很快就烟消云散了。

spendnoun [ S ]

uk /spend/ us /spend/ UK informal

the amount of money that is spent on something

The total spend on the project was almost a million pounds. 这个项目的花费总计接近100万英镑。

(Translation of “spend” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)