(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. waste, lavish, dissipate. Ant., save.
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. spend, spend lavishly, throw away, fritter away; see waste 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v.
[SKWAN dur]
to waste.
She squandered the last of her inheritance.
SYN.: waste, *blow, be extravagant, fritter away, throw away, *spend like there was no tomorrow, lavish, play the profligate, dissipate.
ANT.: save, conserve, be frugal
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To use up foolishly or needlessly: consume, devour, dissipate, waste. See SAVE. 2. To spend (money) excessively and usually foolishly: consume, dissipate, fool away, fritter away, riot away, throw away, trifle away, waste. Slang: blow1. See SAVE. II noun Excessive or imprudent expenditure: extravagance, extravagancy, lavishness, prodigality, profligacy, profuseness, profusion, waste, wastefulness. See CAREFUL, SAVE.

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