Share this entry

spent Syllabification: spent

Definition of spent in English:

past and past participle of spend.

adjective

Back to top  
1Having been used and unable to be used again: a spent matchstick
More example sentences
  • Sir, we hear reports that North Korea is supposedly claiming to have reprocessed all of its spent nuclear fuel rods.
  • He added it would increase pressure on the British Government to shut down the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel rods at Sellafield.
  • We think the preponderance of evidence does show that in fact Yucca Mountain is a suitable site for spent fuel disposal.
Synonyms
used up, consumed, exhausted, finished, depleted, drained
informalburnt out
1.1Having no power or energy left: the movement has become a spent force
More example sentences
  • Finally, half an hour later, spent of all her energy, she climbed out of her tub.
  • Tyrone then seemed a spent force but boy did they recover.
  • It has been a topsy-turvy league and Cavan are no spent force.
Synonyms
exhausted, tired (out), weary, worn out, dog-tired, on one's last legs, drained, fatigued, ready to drop
informaldone in, all in, dead on one's feet, dead beat, bushed, wiped out, frazzled, whacked, pooped, tuckered out

Words that rhyme with spent

absent, accent, anent, ascent, assent, augment, bent, cement, cent, circumvent, consent, content, dent, event, extent, ferment, foment, forewent, forwent, frequent, gent, Ghent, Gwent, lament, leant, lent, meant, misrepresent, misspent, outwent, pent, percent, pigment, rent, scent, segment, sent, stent, Stoke-on-Trent, Tashkent, tent, torment, Trent, underspent, underwent, vent, went

Definition of spent in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources