For the verb: "to spend"

Present Participle: spending

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
spend /spɛnd/USA pronunciation   v.,  spent/spɛnt/USA pronunciation  spend•ing. 
  1. to pay out (money, resources, etc.): [+ object]We had spent too much money on our vacation.[no object]All we do is spend, spend, spend; we need to save, too.
  2. to pass (time, labor, etc.) on some work, in some place, etc.:[+ object]The kids didn't want to spend their whole vacation indoors.
  3. to use up;
    exhaust:[+ object]The storm had spent its fury.
spend•a•ble, adj.: some percentage of spendable income for food.
spend•er, n. [countable]He was a big spender: he bought her jewelry and expensive clothes.See -pend-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
spend (spend),USA pronunciation  v.,  spent, spend•ing. 

  1. to pay out, disburse, or expend;
    dispose of (money, wealth, resources, etc.):resisting the temptation to spend one's money.
  2. to employ (labor, thought, words, time, etc.), as on some object or in some proceeding:Don't spend much time on it.
  3. to pass (time) in a particular manner, place, etc.:We spent a few days in Baltimore.
  4. to use up, consume, or exhaust:The storm had spent its fury.
  5. to give (one's blood, life, etc.) for some cause.

  1. to spend money, energy, time, etc.
  2. [Obs.]to be consumed or exhausted.
  • Latin expendere to pay out, expend; compare German spenden
  • WGmc
  • Middle English spenden, continuing Old English -spendan (in āspendan, forspendan to spend entirely or utterly) 1125–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Spend, disburse, expend, squander refer to paying out money.
      Spend is the general word:We spend more for living expenses now.Disburse implies expending from a specific source or sum to meet specific obligations, or paying in definite allotments:The treasurer has authority to disburse funds.Expend is more formal, and implies spending for some definite and (usually) sensible or worthy object:to expend most of one's salary on necessities.Squander suggests lavish, wasteful, or foolish expenditure:to squander a legacy.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged use, apply, devote.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged earn, keep.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

spend /spɛnd/ vb (spends, spending, spent)
  1. to pay out (money, wealth, etc)
  2. (transitive) to concentrate (time, effort, thought, etc) upon an object, activity, etc
  3. (transitive) to pass (time) in a specific way, activity, place, etc
  4. (transitive) to use up completely: the hurricane spent its force
  5. (transitive) to give up (one's blood, life, etc) in a cause
Etymology: Old English spendan, from Latin expendere; influenced also by Old French despendre to spend, from Latin dispendere; see expend, dispense

ˈspendable adj

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Collocations: propose a new spending bill, review the spending limits, consumer spending [habits, patterns], more...

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