Translation of spend in Spanish:


(past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado spent)
Pronunciation: /spend/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 [money] gastar to spend sth on sb/sth gastar algo en algn/algo she doesn't mind spending $250 on a pair of shoes no le importa gastar(se) 250 dólares en un par de zapatos
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    • We spent too much money on people that hate us and loathe us and want us out of their country.
    • By now there should be nobody who doesn't agree that how much money we spend per pupil makes a difference.
    1.2 (expend) to spend sth (on sth) dedicarle* algo a algo, invertir* algo en algo they spent a lot of time and energy on the project le dedicaron mucho tiempo y muchas energías al proyecto, invirtieron mucho tiempo y muchas energías en el proyecto she spent two months on that painting (se) pasó dos meses con ese cuadro, le dedicó dos meses a ese cuadro don't spend too long on each question no le dediquen mucho tiempo a cada pregunta spend your time wisely emplea bien el tiempo
  • 2 (pass) [period of time] pasar where did you spend Christmas/your vacation? ¿dónde pasaste la Navidad/tus vacaciones? I spent the morning working/shopping (me) pasé la mañana trabajando/de compras I spent five years as a salesman (me) pasé cinco años trabajando como vendedor
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    • She spent a sleepless night passing along the police line searching out scraps of news.
    • A driver without a resident's pass wanting to spend three hours in Piccadilly car park must find £6 in coins.
    • Last week the town council passed a motion to spend a day picking up litter around the town.
  • 3 (exhaust) agotar the hurricane had spent its force/itself el huracán había agotado or perdido su fuerza/se había extinguido
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    • She put her hands on her hips and watched as the can spent itself.
    • The lightning spent itself and the coach fell to the ground unconscious.
    • The last drops of the rainfall spattered heavily against the cobblestones as the storm spent itself and shook itself off.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

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