Definitions for: Squander


[v] spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not"
[v] spend lavishly or wastefully on; "He blew a lot of money on his new home theater"
[v] spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.


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

Synonyms: blow, consume, ware, waste

Antonyms: conserve, economise, economize, husband, lay aside, save, save up

See Also: burn, dissipate, drop, drop, expend, expend, fling, fool, fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, lavish, luxuriate, overspend, shoot, shower, spend, spend, splurge, use, wanton

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