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squander

Pronunciation: /ˈskwɑːndər; ˈskwɒndə(r)/

Translation of squander in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • [money] despilfarrar, derrochar; [fortune] dilapidar; [opportunity/time] desaprovechar, desperdiciar
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.

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