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spend
past tense & past participle spent
American English: /spɛnd/
British English: /spɛnd/

Translation of spend in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    (money)
    gastar
    to spend something on somebody/something
    gastar algo en alguien/algo
    she doesn't mind spending $250 on a pair of shoes
    no le importa gastar(se) 250 dólares en un par de zapatos
    Example sentences
    • 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 something (on something)
    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
    Example sentences
    • 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) the hurricane had spent its force/itself
    el huracán había agotado or perdido su fuerza/se había extinguido
    Example sentences
    • 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

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