squander

  • 1 squander — squan‧der [ˈskwɒndə ǁ ˈskwɑːndər] verb [transitive] to spend money or use your time carelessly on things that are not useful: • The bank squandered $500 million playing the U.S. bond market. squander something on something • He squandered the… …

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  • 2 Squander — Squan der (skw[o^]n d[ e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Squandered} ( d[ e]rd); 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 squander — 1580s (implied in squandering), to spend recklessly or prodigiously, of unknown origin; Shakespeare used it 1593 in Merchant of Venice with a sense of to be scattered over a wide area. Squander bug, a British symbol of reckless extravagance and… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 squander — [skwän′dər] vt. [prob. a specialized use of dial. squander, to scatter, popularized after Shakespeare s Merchant of Venice, I, iii, 22] to spend or use wastefully or extravagantly vi. to be wasteful or extravagant n. Rare a squandering;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Squander — Squan der, n. The act of squandering; waste. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Squander — Squan der, v. i. 1. To spend lavishly; to be wasteful. [1913 Webster] They often squandered, but they never gave. Savage. [1913 Webster] 2. To wander at random; to scatter. [R.] [1913 Webster] The wise man s folly is anatomized Even by… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 squander — index consume, lose (be deprived of), misemploy, mishandle (mismanage), overdraw Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. B …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 squander — vb *waste, dissipate, fritter, consume Analogous words: *scatter, disperse, dissipate, dispel: *spend, expend, disburse …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 squander — [v] fritter away, use up be prodigal with, be wasteful, blow*, cash out*, consume, dissipate, expend, frivol, frivol away, go through, lavish, misspend, misuse, prodigalize, put out*, run through, scatter, spend, spend like water*, spring for*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 squander — ► VERB ▪ waste in a reckless or foolish manner. ORIGIN of unknown origin …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 squander — v. (D; tr.) to squander on (to squander a fortune on bad investments) * * * [ skwɒndə] (D; tr.) to squander on (to squander a fortune on bad investments) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 squander — UK [ˈskwɒndə(r)] / US [ˈskwɑndər] verb [transitive] Word forms squander : present tense I/you/we/they squander he/she/it squanders present participle squandering past tense squandered past participle squandered if you squander something such as… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 squander — [[t]skwɒ̱ndə(r)[/t]] squanders, squandering, squandered VERB If you squander money, resources, or opportunities, you waste them. [V n] Hooker didn t squander his money on flashy cars or other vices... [V n] He had squandered his chances to win …

    English dictionary

  • 14 Squander — Infobox Game subject name=$QUANDER image link= image caption= designer= publisher=Avalon Hill players= ages= setup time= playing time= complexity=Low strategy=Medium random chance=Medium skills=Strategic thought bggid=7277 bggxrefs=t footnotes =… …

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  • 15 squander — verb Squander is used with these nouns as the object: ↑chance, ↑fortune, ↑goodwill, ↑money, ↑resource, ↑talent …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 squander — squan|der [ˈskwɔndə US ˈskwa:ndər] v [T] to carelessly waste money, time, opportunities etc ▪ The home team squandered a number of chances in the first half. squander sth on sth ▪ They squandered the profits on expensive cars …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 squander — squan|der [ skwandər ] verb transitive if you squander something such as money, time, or an opportunity, you do not use it in a sensible way …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 squander — verb (T) to spend money or use your time carelessly on things that are not useful: squander sth on: They squandered millions on that film. squanderer noun (C) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 squander — verb they squander their profits on expensive cars Syn: waste, misspend, misuse, throw away, fritter away, spend recklessly, spend unwisely, spend like water; informal blow, go through, splurge, drop, pour down the drain Ant: manage, make good… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 squander — /ˈskwɒndə / (say skwonduh) verb (t) Also, squander away. 1. to spend (money, time, etc.) extravagantly or wastefully. –noun 2. Rare extravagant or wasteful expenditure. {origin obscure} –squanderer, noun …

    Australian English dictionary