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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
spent...working life
▪ He spent all his working life in a factory.
▪ They write off Ireland as a spent force, which in my experience is a foolish thing to do.
▪ But after four consecutive General Election defeats, is Labour a spent force?
▪ On the other hand, it would be a mistake to conclude that the urban-rural shift is a spent force.
▪ Sometime this year the North will start unloading and replacing spent fuel from a large reactor at Yongbyon.
▪ Its flies, the spent fuel, arrive regularly inside special containers on goods trains from nuclear reactors all over the country.
▪ Reprocessing of overseas spent fuel is a proper and appropriate business for Dounreay.
▪ A Green Party spokesman said that spent fuel rods are highly radioactive and potentially lethal.
▪ In other words, Dounreay has agreed to store the spent fuel from research reactors for four years.
▪ If you have to pay to reprocess the plutonium from spent fuel, though, it does not.
▪ If the spent fuel can not be reprocessed, alternative dry storage is needed.
▪ Reprocessing is a highly technically demanding and extremely expensive operation, involving the extraction of uranium and plutonium from the spent fuel.
▪ He'd obviously spent time here, perhaps as much as he could spare before their marriage.
▪ He also spent time at Grantham and Gainsborough for production training.
▪ While there, he naturally spent time at the dyeworks; and twice, he had made the longer journey to Kouklia.
▪ He went to Haarlem and spent time with his sister Wil, walking about with her but not confiding anything.
▪ She specialised in tax and spent time as a manager at Edelman's Croydon office.
▪ Napoleon actually spent time at the villa, staying there with Josephine.
▪ In fact, over 5.7 million people spent time in hospital in 1989 alone.
▪ As he progressed in the company, Sir Adrian also spent time out in the field selling.
Spent bullet shells littered the ground.
▪ Couldn't tell unless I went back to look for spent arrows, which I wasn't going to do.
▪ Reprocessing spent nuclear fuel rods increases the volume of waste and should be undertaken only when necessary for safety reasons.
▪ The general opinion was that it had fizzled out; like a spent squib, it hadn't even given one burst.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Spend \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.

    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.

  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.


Spent \Spent\ (sp[e^]nt), a.

  1. Exhausted; worn out; having lost energy or motive force.

    Now thou seest me Spent, overpowered, despairing of success.

    Heaps of spent arrows fall and strew the ground.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"consumed," mid-15c., past participle adjective from spend. Of time, "passed, over," from 1520s; as "worn out, exhausted from overwork," 1560s.

  1. consumed, used up, exhausted, depleted. v

  2. (en-past of: spend)

  1. adj. drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted; "the day's shopping left her exhausted"; "he went to bed dog-tired"; "was fagged and sweaty"; "the trembling of his played out limbs"; "felt completely washed-out"; "only worn-out horses and cattle"; "you look worn out" [syn: exhausted, dog-tired, fagged, fatigued, played out, washed-out, worn-out(a), worn out(p)]

  2. having all been spent; "the money is all gone" [syn: gone, expended]

  1. v. pass (time) in a specific way; "How are you spending your summer vacation?" [syn: pass]

  2. pay out; "spend money" [syn: expend, drop]

  3. spend completely; "I spend my pocket money in two days"

  4. [also: spent]


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Spent (band)

Spent was an American Indie Rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey consisting of singer/guitarist John King, guitarist/singer/keyboardist Annie Hayden, bassist/occasional vocalist Joe Weston and drummer Ed Radich.


SPENT is an online game about surviving poverty and homelessness created by ad agency McKinney for pro bono client Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD), whose mission "is to provide food, clothing, shelter and supportive services to neighbors in need". Players must make the difficult decisions necessary to live for one month on $1,000, often having to choose between equally disagreeable options. The dilemmas they face represent those that bring people to places like UMD: Do you make a healthy meal or keep the lights on? Cover the minimum on your credit cards or pay the rent? Hope your sick daughter gets better on her own or risk your job by leaving early to take her to the doctor? Let your son play in the after-school sports league or save the money needed for his uniform?

The game ends when players either run out of money before the end of the month or make it through with money left over.

Since its launch in February 2011, the interactive game SPENT has been played more than 4 million times in over 218 countries.

Usage examples of "spent".

He was therefore accommodated with a second-hand suit and another shirt, and at once listed under the banners of Count Fathom, who spent the whole afternoon in giving him proper instructions for the regulation of his conduct.

He even spent some years with the Financial Accounting Standards Board, or FASB, the primary rules setter for the profession.

After two days of riding the wall, and time spent in the evening studying the ward-wall patrol manual that Maran had provided, his eyes tend to blur whenever he looks toward the chaos and whitened granite that prisons the Accursed Forest.

Five days earlier, Ann had spent most of the day caring for her afflicted daughter Ann and maid Mercy Lewis.

So I spent the better part of Tuesday calling each on the phone, dropping by in person in the case of the nurse-practitioner, the allergy doctor, and our minister, to explain the situation and ask if I might give the GAL their names.

To her mind Zephyr spent far too much time going over old texts and bits of pottery, hiking up to caves that only contained paintings instead of allosaur bones.

She had already spent much of her allotment on a keyboard with letters and numbers to attach to her room screen.

Maybe it was because we had spent those years as analyst and analysand that I had little hesitation in talking to her about it.

Broken hearted over these letters, Camilla spent her time in their perpetual perusal, in wiping from them her tears, and pressing with fond anguish to her lips the signature of her hapless sister, self-beguiled by her own credulous goodness, and self-devoted by her conscientious scruples.

Yoshiko experimented for a few minutes with the hand controller, getting the feel of the thrusters, while Tessa filmed the whole process, showing the people back home the ungainly, angular LM perched atop the spent third stage booster, and Yoshiko peering out the tiny windows as she concentrated on bringing the CSM around until the docking collar at the top of the capsule pointed at the hatch on top of the LM.

They are not only clumsy and childish designs ill executed, but they are rendered unintelligible to all save the initiated in such hieroglyphics, by offering an elaborate ground-work of type, antitype, and symbol, on which the artist probably spent a large part of his strength.

And of course he spent much of each day in his stag form, wandering the forest, just as most of the Antler did.

They spent months learning about each other, exploring and appreciating their different needs, preferences, and behaviour patterns.

Just the log assigning Ted as counsel and his hours spent on the project.

Though he had spent much of the past four years away from Angustias, every face was immediately recognizable to him.