Definition of squander in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskwändər/


[with object]
1Waste (something, especially money or time) in a reckless and foolish manner: entrepreneurs squander their profits on expensive cars
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  • The British public is tired of billions of pounds of taxpayers' money being squandered on schemes that are scrapped after only a few years.
  • He should understand that hard-working British taxpayers do not want him squandering our tax money overseas when it could be used to help British people.
  • There's so much to do in Vegas that squandering your money at the tables seems like a waste.
waste, misspend, misuse, throw away, fritter away, spend recklessly, spend unwisely, spend like water
informal blow, go through, splurge, drop, pour down the drain
1.1Allow (an opportunity) to pass or be lost: the team squandered several good scoring chances
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  • During his time as governor, the enemies were student protesters who, Reagan argued, were squandering the opportunities hard-working taxpayers so kindly provided.
  • Mr Yeo warned the whole event was in danger of becoming bogged down in costly bureaucracy, and that the Government was in danger of squandering a valuable opportunity to promote Britain.
  • Last night, he said it had betrayed millions of people by squandering its opportunity to become a major political party.



Pronunciation: /ˈskwänd(ə)rər/
Example sentences
  • But the fact that your son is a squanderer and spendthrift does not prevent his inheritance from you.
  • I know I am stern with her, but I do not want her to be a squanderer.
  • As a squanderer of chances he would not have been out of place as a Rangers player yesterday.


Late 16th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with squander

absconder, anaconda, Fonda, Golconda, Honda, nonda, ponder, responder, Wanda, wander, yonder

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Syllabification: squan·der

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