UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈspɛndɪŋ/

From the verb spend: (⇒ conjugate)
spending is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. [government, public, state, military, education] spending
  2. [increase, decrease] (government) spending
  3. there has been an [increase] in spending
  4. the spending of tax money
  5. have [been, made] cuts to spending
  6. a [cutback, reduction] in [public] spending
  7. consumer spending is [up, down] [3%] (this year)
  8. [analyze, study, compare] consumer spending
  9. increased spending on [health, education, infrastructure]
  10. am trying to decrease my [frivolous, unnecessary] spending
n as adj
  1. propose a new spending bill
  2. review the spending limits
  3. consumer spending [habits, patterns]
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. spend your [money, savings]
  2. went and spent it (all) on [drugs, booze]
  3. spend too much on a [TV, car, computer]
  4. spend (over) [$50]
  5. spend in excess (of)
  6. spending [excessively, wildly, frugally]
  7. spend on [education, healthcare, social security]
  8. spend or [save, invest]
  9. spend time and money on
  10. spend (quality) time together
  11. spent [an hour, the afternoon] [exercising]
  12. spend (most) of my time [exercising]
  13. if you spent more time [studying, working] and less (time) [watching, talking]
  14. should spend more time [exercising, cleaning, working]
  15. spent his [rage, fury, strength]
  16. sexually explicit: spent his seed
  1. the [total, gross, net, average] spend
  2. a [total] spend of [$40]
  3. the [total] spend per [family, person, head, household]
  4. an [aggregate, overall] spend of [$500]
  5. the average spend is [$20]
  6. a [heavy, major, significant, light] spend
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