Definition of spend in English:

spend

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Pronunciation: /spɛnd
 
/

verb (past and past participle spent /spɛnt/)

[with object]

noun

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  • An amount of money paid out: the average spend at the cafe is £10 a head
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    • This still amounts to an aggregate spend of several millions.
    • The average spend per child is continuing to rise year-on-year.
    • Microsoft group marketing manager Nick McGrath likens the spend to the amount used in launching a new car.

Phrases

spend a penny

British informal Used euphemistically to refer to a need to urinate: you can’t get to sleep when you want to spend a penny
[with reference to the coin-operated locks of public toilets]
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  • For years drinkers at The Sally Pussey Inn in Swindon Road have been spending a penny in the avocado-coloured urinals blissfully unaware that they may be worth quite a few pounds.
  • At the Lindale Post Office and General Store, villagers have been spending pounds on the National Lottery to ensure people can go on spending a penny in the public toilet.
  • Supt Lacy said those caught spending a penny in public could be hit with maximum fines of £500.

Derivatives

spendable

adjective
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  • This means food vouchers spendable only at certain supermarkets, and dispersal to one ‘no choice’ offer of accommodation, often away from existing communities, lawyers and even families.
  • ‘It's still spendable, so it's not exactly scrap,’ Astor pointed out.
  • But having no spendable currency hampered their happiness.

spender

noun
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  • The biggest spenders in monetary terms are Britain at €41 bn, France at €34 bn and Germany at €24 bn.
  • By far the biggest spenders are the Norwegians and the Finns, who spent almost €50 and €38 per person on haircare products in 2002.
  • The highest spenders are people aged between 45 and 64, this group spending on average €314 each on the net before Christmas.

Origin

Old English spendan, from Latin expendere 'pay out'; partly also a shortening of obsolete dispend, from Latin dispendere 'pay out'.

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