Definition of squander in English:



  • 1 Waste (something, especially money or time) in a reckless and foolish manner.

    ‘£100m of taxpayers' money has been squandered on administering the tax’
    • ‘Continuing their protest tomorrow will only squander what dwindling public support they have left.’
    • ‘The state of the health services and the plight of many of our old people are just two reasons why we cannot afford to squander money on another stadium.’
    • ‘He should understand that hard-working British taxpayers do not want him squandering our tax money overseas when it could be used to help British people.’
    • ‘Having so much money - and squandering it with such reckless stupidity - should have disqualified her from state aid for life.’
    • ‘He got involved in various religious cults and squandered all his money.’
    • ‘Today's business environment makes it impossible for organizations to afford to squander any resources.’
    • ‘He says too much tax revenue is being squandered on bureaucracy and inefficiency.’
    • ‘There's so much to do in Vegas that squandering your money at the tables seems like a waste.’
    • ‘I have budgeted successfully since I was a student and have never squandered money.’
    • ‘Trust and integrity are precious resources easily squandered, and hard to regain.’
    • ‘Schools, he insists, have squandered money that would have been better spent on teachers and books.’
    • ‘Now, the police have caught him, and found that he had squandered almost all the money.’
    • ‘But that didn't work out because I squandered all the money I had, somehow.’
    • ‘The British public is tired of billions of pounds of taxpayers' money being squandered on schemes that are scrapped after only a few years.’
    • ‘Each successive generation, he claims, squanders away its inherited wealth.’
    • ‘He squandered the money brought in by the sale of Emile Heskey and Neil Lennon on over-priced under-achievers.’
    • ‘The 34-year-old said she claimed the cash because her husband, who was taking home £20,000 a year, was squandering the money on drugs.’
    • ‘The important thing now is to dump the tribunals before yet more taxpayers' money is squandered.’
    • ‘The former heavyweight champion has squandered nearly 300 million in ring earnings through lavish spending and bad advice.’
    • ‘The Appeal Court heard that the then 25-year-old Wilkinson had been a Sheffield University drop-out squandering his inheritance on drink and drugs.’
    waste, misspend, misuse, throw away, dissipate, fritter away, run through, lose, lavish, spend recklessly, spend unwisely, make poor use of, be prodigal with, spend money like water
    blow, splurge, pour money down the drain, throw money down the drain, spend money as if it grows on trees, spend money as if there were no tomorrow, spend money as if it were going out of style
    blue, splash out
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    1. 1.1Allow (an opportunity) to pass or be lost.
      ‘the team squandered several good scoring chances’
      • ‘They squandered the opportunity and will surely rue that decision.’
      • ‘Horlock then squandered three chances inside four minutes.’
      • ‘During his time as governor, the enemies were student protesters who, Reagan argued, were squandering the opportunities hard-working taxpayers so kindly provided.’
      • ‘But what we must do, above all else, is not squander the opportunities we have.’
      • ‘Yet, they squandered these opportunities by not working hard enough.’
      • ‘Mr Yeo warned the whole event was in danger of becoming bogged down in costly bureaucracy, and that the Government was in danger of squandering a valuable opportunity to promote Britain.’
      • ‘He squandered a real opportunity to do something about homelessness and hunger.’
      • ‘They always give away too many silly goals and squander too many easy chances.’
      • ‘I regret to say that I think the president has squandered some opportunities that we had.’
      • ‘It is sad that we have squandered the opportunity with the ending of the Cold War.’
      • ‘A washed-out match may present the Windies with their best chance of avoiding another defeat after squandering a terrific opportunity at St George's Park.’
      • ‘Both sides then squandered chances with Motherwell especially culpable in passing up three golden opportunities in quick succession.’
      • ‘Clearly, a failure of vision at this moment would squander that opportunity.’
      • ‘It was hard not to feel some sympathy for his opponent, who must have been kicking himself afterwards having squandered a two-set lead.’
      • ‘Last night, he said it had betrayed millions of people by squandering its opportunity to become a major political party.’
      • ‘The second team, however, squandered every advantage or failed to maintain a steady pace when its time came.’
      • ‘Bolton boss Sam Allardyce could not hide his frustration at seeing his side squander a lead yet again.’
      • ‘With the defeat in Barbados, the unpredictable Pakistan side squandered the opportunity of winning their first-ever Test series.’
      • ‘It's not an awful film, just a painfully average one that squanders its opportunity to make something great out of the justifiably heralded source material.’
      • ‘The errors are creeping into Ferrero's game now as he squanders an opportunity to earn a break point at 30-30.’


Late 16th century: of unknown origin.