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Squander definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SQUANDER, v.t. [G., to turn.]
1. To spend lavishly or profusely; to spend prodigally; to dissipate; to waste without economy or judgment; as, to squander an estate.
They often squanderd, but they never gave.
The crime of squandering health is equal to the folly.
2. To scatter; to disperse.
Our squanderd troops he rallies.
[In this application not now used.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree" [syn: waste, blow, squander] [ant: conserve, economise, economize, husband]
2: spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not" [syn: consume, squander, waste, ware]

Merriam Webster's

I. verb (squandered; squandering) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1536 transitive verb 1. to spend extravagantly or foolishly ; dissipate, waste <squandered a fortune> 2. to cause to disperse ; scatter 3. to lose (as an advantage or opportunity) through negligence or inaction intransitive verb disperse, scatter squanderer noun II. noun Date: 1709 an act of squandering

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. 1 spend (money, time, etc.) wastefully. 2 dissipate (a fortune etc.) wastefully. Derivatives: squanderer n. Etymology: 16th c.: orig. unkn.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Squander Squan"der, v. i. 1. To spend lavishly; to be wasteful. They often squandered, but they never gave. --Savage. 2. To wander at random; to scatter. [R.] The wise man's folly is anatomized Even by squandering glances of the fool. --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Squander Squan"der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Squandered; p. pr. & vb. n. Squandering.] [Cf. Scot. squatter to splash water about, to scatter, to squander, Prov. E. swatter, Dan. sqvatte, Sw. sqv["a]tta to squirt, sqv["a]ttra to squander, Icel. skvetta to squirt out, to throw out water.] 1. To scatter; to disperse. [Obs.] Our squandered troops he rallies. --Dryden. 2. To spend lavishly or profusely; to spend prodigally or wastefully; to use without economy or judgment; to dissipate; as, to squander an estate. The crime of squandering health is equal to the folly. --Rambler. Syn: To spend; expend; waste; scatter; dissipate.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Squander Squan"der, n. The act of squandering; waste.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(squanders, squandering, squandered) If you squander money, resources, or opportunities, you waste them. Hooker didn't squander his money on flashy cars or other vices... He had squandered his chances to win. VERB: V n on n, V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Spend (profusely), lavish, expend, waste, lose, dissipate, throw away, muddle away, scatter, misuse.

Moby Thesaurus

ablate, absorb, assimilate, bleed white, blow, budget, burn up, consume, cost, cost out, decrease, deplete, depreciate, digest, disburse, dissipate, drain, drain of resources, dribble away, eat, eat up, erode, exhaust, expend, extravagancy, finish, finish off, fool away, fork out, fritter, gamble away, go through, gobble, gobble up, hang the expense, impoverish, incur costs, ingest, invest, lavish, lavishness, lay out, open the purse, outlay, overdoing, pay, pay out, prodigality, put out, run through, scatter, schedule, seize the day, shell out, shrink, sink money in, slather, sow broadcast, spend, splurge, suck dry, swallow, swallow up, throw, throw away, throw money around, use up, waste, waste away, wastefulness, wear, wear away


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