spend verb (MONEY)
How much did you spend?
We spent a fortune when we were in New York.
- 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)
We spent the weekend in Buenos Aires.
You can spend the night here if you like.
- 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)
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.