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Karen Arustamyan
Any synonym of the word "spend"

Hello

Could you, please, give me another word for "spend" but with a slight negative meaning. It's not "waste". The meaning of waste is too strong. I need something between "spend" and "waste/blow". 

Maybe it would mean to spend much more than required in fact. I would use that word when I spend money on some products in a company. I need those products, however I could spend less than I do now. Maybe "overspend"?:)


Jul 15, 2016 9:24 AM
Comments · 7

"overspend" expresses the idea that you spent too much.  

If you spend a lot of money on something which was a luxury or not necessary, you could say "splash out on". It's informal.

e.g. When I need a car, I usually buy a Mini but this time I had just received a big bonus, so I splashed out on a Jaguar.

You still needed a new car but you didn't need to buy such an expensive one.

July 15, 2016
Squander
July 16, 2016
"to be flush with money, cash etc" is a nice expression but it doesn't mean "spend".  It means that you have plenty of available money. You normally say it in the context of being ready to spend it.
July 16, 2016
Just a warning on synonyms: intermediate speakers sometimes try to vary their language by selecting synonyms from a thesaurus.  Doing this usually makes their text less comprehensible not more. I have to guess the basic word that the student first thought of.  Synonyms are not usually exact.  You need to see a new word used in various different sentences to understand well the meaning in context and how it is collocated.  
July 16, 2016

There are some...
spend  synonyms -

allocatestar
concentrate
consume
contribute
donate
drop
employ
expend
give
invest

put in
settle
use
waste
absorb
apply
bestow
blow
confer
defray

deplete
disburse
dispense
dissipate
drain
empty
exhaust
fritter
lavish
liquidate

misspend
squander
ante up
cast away
come across
come through
cough up
evote
foot the bill
hand out

lay out
outlay
pay down
pay up
run through
shell out
spring for
throw away
use up

 


 

July 15, 2016
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Karen Arustamyan
Language Skills
Armenian, English, Russian
Learning Language
English