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Meaning of spent by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ˈspɛnt/, X-SAMPA: /"spEnt/
    • Rhymes: -ɛnt


    spent ( not comparable )

    1. Consumed, used up, exhausted, depleted .
      a spent cartridge

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Explanation of spent by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. depleted of energy, force, or strength

    2. drained of energy or effectiveness

    Definition of spent by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Spend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spent ; p. pr. & vb. n. Spending.] [AS. spendan ( in comp. ), fr. L. expendere or dispendere to weigh out, to expend, dispense. See Pendant, and cf. Dispend, Expend, Spence, Spencer.]
      1. To weigh or lay out; to dispose of; to part with; as, “to spend money for clothing”.

      Spend thou that in the town. Shak.

      Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? Isa. lv. 2.

      2. To bestow; to employ; -- often with on or upon.

      I . . . am never loath

      To spend my judgment. Herbert.

      3. To consume; to waste; to squander; to exhaust; as, “to spend an estate in gaming or other vices”.

      4. To pass, as time; to suffer to pass away; as, “to spend a day idly; to spend winter abroad”.

      We spend our years as a tale that is told. Ps. xc. 9.

      5. To exhaust of force or strength; to waste; to wear away; as, “the violence of the waves was spent”.

      Their bodies spent with long labor and thirst. Knolles.

    2. Spent ( spĕnt ), a.
      1. Exhausted; worn out; having lost energy or motive force.

      Now thou seest me

      Spent, overpowered, despairing of success. Addison.

      Heaps of spent arrows fall and strew the ground. Dryden.

      2. ( Zool. ) Exhausted of spawn or sperm; -- said especially of fishes.

      Spent ball, a ball shot from a firearm, which reaches an object without having sufficient force to penetrate it.