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"spend" in British English

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spendverb

uk   us   /spend/ (spent, spent)
  • 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 ​club last ​night. We spent a ​fortune when we were in New York. She spends a lot of money onclothes. We've just spent $1.9 million onimprovingourcomputernetwork. We went on a spending spree (= we ​bought a lot of things) on ​Saturday.

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  • 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 ​timecleaning that ​room. I've spent ​yearsbuilding up my ​collection. I spent an ​hour at the ​stationwaiting for the ​train. How ​long do you spend onyourhomework? My ​sister always spends ​ages in the ​bathroom. We spent the ​weekend in Buenos Aires. You can spend the ​night here if you like.

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  • 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 ​energytrying to ​find a ​job. They ​continuedfiring until all ​theirammunition was spent (= there was none of it ​left). The ​hurricane will ​probably have spent most of ​itsforce (= most of ​itsforce will have gone) by the ​time it ​reaches the ​northernparts of the ​country. Her ​angersoon spent itself (= ​stopped).

spendnoun [S]

uk   us   /spend/ UK informal
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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spend" in American English

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spendverb

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

[I/T] to give ​money as a ​payment for something: [T] We spent a lot of ​money on ​ourvacation but we had a ​greattime.
  • spend verb (TIME)

[T] to use ​time; to ​allowtime to go past: It doesn’t ​look as if you spent very ​long on ​yourhomework. I’ve spent many ​yearsbuilding 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 ​energytrying to ​find a ​job.
(Definition of spend from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"spend" in Business English

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spendverb

uk   us   /spend/ (spent, spent)
[I or T] to give ​money as a ​payment for something: How much did you spend?spend sth on sth We've just spent €1.9 million on ​improving our ​computernetwork. We've spent too much ​money on ​advertising that isn't ​working. We spent a ​fortune when we were in New York.
[T] to use ​time doing something or being somewhere: spend time doing sth They need to spend more ​timeimprovingcustomerrelations.spend time on sth I spent a lot of ​time on that ​report. How ​long do you spend at the ​computer each day?spend years/ages I've spent ​yearsbuilding up this ​company.spend a day/week/year, etc. We spent last ​weekendworking.
[T] to use ​energy, ​effort, ​force, etc., especially until there is no more ​left: For the past month he's been spending all his ​energytrying to ​find a ​job.

spendnoun [S]

uk   us   /spend/ ECONOMICS, FINANCE
the ​amount of ​money that is spent on a particular ​activity: the spend on/for sth The ​total spend on the ​project was almost a million ​pounds. If your company's annual spend on ​telephonecallsexceeds $3,000, then it would be ​worthchangingplans.the total/actual spend BP will spend $1 ​billion more this ​year, ​raising the ​total spend to $15 ​billion. advertising/​marketing/​promotional spend
(Definition of spend from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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