Definition of well spent in US English:

well spent


  • (of money or time) usefully or profitably expended.

    ‘time spent in taking stock is time well spent’
    • ‘And if it keeps one person out of hospital, surely it's money well-spent.’
    • ‘So if it takes a little ‘panache’ to get back in her good graces, it's money well-spent.’
    • ‘There have been questions of leadership, policy and campaign direction, raising the issue of whether or not our money was well-spent.’
    • ‘Of course, only one of them worked, but it got used as a map light for awhile, so I gloated about how it was a dollar well-spent.’
    • ‘He said an £8 million three-year award from the Children's Fund in 2002 was being well-spent - but the effects would only be obvious in the longer term.’
    • ‘We feel confident the money will be well-spent.’
    • ‘For the children, this was one vacation truly well-spent.’
    • ‘Because the need is so great, it's more important than ever to make sure your money is well-spent.’
    • ‘The question is this, perhaps: whether a life spent working for this idea of ‘peace’, always aware that such a goal may never be reached, in one's own lifetime or beyond, is a life well-spent.’
    • ‘So don't think your tax dollars aren't being well-spent.’
    • ‘The time and money spent purchasing and reading these books was well-spent and invaluable preparation for my colleagues and I.’
    • ‘Without them, we have absolutely no idea whether the money is well-spent or not.’
    • ‘One of the dictums of modern medicine is that money spent on healthcare is money well-spent, because it is always cheaper to prevent an illness than cure it.’
    • ‘It is therefore absolutely one of the obligations of members of Parliament to make sure that every single cent of that money is well-spent, and that the people who must contribute do contribute.’
    productive, constructive, useful, of use, worthwhile, helpful, of help, of assistance, beneficial, valuable, rewarding, profitable, advantageous, gainful, successful, effective, effectual
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