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verb spend pronunciation in British English /spend/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlespending
past tensespent
past participlespent
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to use money to pay for things
    How much money did you spend?
    spend something on something: We’re spending a lot more on food than we used to.
    spend something doing something: They spent about £600 just rebuilding the front porch.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to stay somewhere or to do something for a period of time
    We spent the day at the beach.
    spend time on something: How much time do you spend on homework?
    spend something with someone: I’m going to spend Christmas with my family.
    spend something doing something (with someone): I’ll need to spend an hour rehearsing with the cast.
  3. 3
    [transitive] [often passive] to use your time, effort, or energy to do something
    Considerable energy is spent on making the costumes look perfect.




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