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Date: 1100-1200
Origin: Partly from Latin expendere ( EXPEND) and partly, later, from Old French despendre, from Latin dispendere 'to weigh out'

spend

verb
     
spend S1 W1 past tense and past participle spent
1

money

[intransitive and transitive] to use your money to pay for goods or services:
I can't afford to spend any more money this week.
spend £5/$10 etc
I only want to spend about $20.
spend something on something
More money should be spent on education.
spend something on somebody
Mum never spends any money on herself.
The repairs cost a lot, but it's money well spent (=a sensible way of spending money).
2

time

[transitive] to use time doing a particular thing or pass time in a particular place
spend time etc with somebody
I want to spend more time with my family.
spend time etc in/at something
We'll have to spend the night in a hotel.
His childhood was spent in Brazil.
spend time etc doing something
Stacey spends all her free time painting.
3
a)

spend the night with somebody

to stay for the night and have sex with someone
b)

spend the night (at something)

if someone spends the night at someone's house, they sleep at that person's house for a night:
She spent the night at a friend's house.
4

force/effort

[transitive] to use effort or energy to do something:
I love to cook, but I don't feel like spending the energy every evening.
5

spend a penny

British English spoken old-fashioned to urinate - used when you want to avoid saying this directly

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