spend

spend
W1S1 [spend] v past tense and past participle spent [spent]
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1¦(money)¦
2¦(time)¦
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4¦(force/effort)¦
5 spend a penny
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[Date: 1100-1200; Origin: Partly from Latin expendere ( EXPEND) and partly, later, from Old French despendre, from Latin dispendere 'to weigh out']
1.) ¦(MONEY)¦ [I and T]
to use your money to pay for goods or services
I can't afford to spend any more money this week.
spend £5/$10 etc
I only want to spend about $20.
spend sth on sth
More money should be spent on education.
spend sth on sb
Mum never spends any money on herself.
The repairs cost a lot, but it's money well spent (=a sensible way of spending money) .
2.) ¦(TIME)¦ [T]
to use time doing a particular thing or pass time in a particular place
spend time etc with sb
I want to spend more time with my family.
spend time etc in/at sth
We'll have to spend the night in a hotel.
His childhood was spent in Brazil.
spend time etc doing sth
Stacey spends all her free time painting.
3.) a) spend the night with sb
to stay for the night and have sex with someone
b) spend the night (at sth)
if someone spends the night at someone's house, they sleep at that person's house for a night
She spent the night at a friend's house.
4.) ¦(FORCE/EFFORT)¦ [T]
to use effort or energy to do something
I love to cook, but I don't feel like spending the energy every evening.
5.) spend a penny
BrE spoken old-fashioned to ↑urinate - used when you want to avoid saying this directly

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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