to pay out, disburse, or expend; dispose of (money, wealth, resources, etc.):resisting the temptation to spend one's money.
to employ (labor, thought, words, time, etc.), as on some object or in some proceeding:Don't spend much time on it.
to pass (time) in a particular manner, place, etc.:We spent a few days in Baltimore.
to use up, consume, or exhaust:The storm had spent its fury.
to give (one's blood, life, etc.) for some cause.
to spend money, energy, time, etc.
[Obs.]to be consumed or exhausted.
Latin expendere to pay out, expend; compare German spenden
Middle English spenden, continuing Old English -spendan (in āspendan, forspendan to spend entirely or utterly) 1125–75
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedSpend,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.