Meaning of “squander” in the English Dictionary

"squander" in American English

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squanderverb [ T ]

us /ˈskwɑn·dər/

to waste money, or to use something valuable that you have a limited amount of in a bad or foolish way:

Government should not squander the taxpayersmoney.
Don’t squander your opportunities when you are young.

(Definition of “squander” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"squander" in Business English

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squanderverb [ T ]

uk /ˈskwɒndər/ us disapproving

to waste large amounts of money or other resources:

Fifty-five percent of likely voters are convinced that much of the state's tax money is being squandered.
squander sth on sth Politicians are accused of squandering more than $1 billion on misguided and futile programs aimed at stimulating the economy.
squander a chance/an opportunity

to fail to use a chance to become successful or to achieve something:

According to one member of the board of directors: "We have squandered the opportunity to become a major player in the industry".

(Definition of “squander” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)