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verb American English pronunciation: spend /spend/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyspend
he/she/itspends
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 for:

    This year we will spend more money for medical care.

    spend something doing something:

    They spent about $600 just rebuilding the front porch.

    spend something on something:

    We're spending a lot more on food than we used to.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to stay somewhere or to do something for a period of time

    We spent the day at the beach.

    spend something doing something (with someone):

    I'll need to spend an hour rehearsing with the cast.

    spend time on something:

    How much time do you spend on homework?

    spend something with someone:

    I'm going to spend Thanksgiving with my family.

  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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