Definition of 'squander'
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Instead they are fourth and have squandered five points which could prove decisive in the end. The Sun (2015)Those who dearly wish to see the public sector succeed are raising hell about squandered public money. The Sun (2007)Villas-Boas looked ready to explode as he sensed another squandered opportunity. The Sun (2012)They are the ones guilty of squandering money. The Sun (2013)The two sides cannot afford to squander the current opportunity presented by the transatlantic trade deal. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It is well documented that billions of taxpayers money is squandered by incompetent civil servants. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He also risks squandering his opportunity to be remembered as a genuine reformer. Times, Sunday Times (2013)That will be a relief to taxpayers who are alarmed by the way their money has been squandered. The Sun (2008)Or for the millions of pounds of public money squandered in a fruitless attempt to sustain the convictions. Times, Sunday Times (2011)We must not squander the opportunity to make the most of this wave of enthusiasm for all kinds of sports. The Sun (2012)He looked to have timed it right but the horse squandered his opportunity with a ponderous jump at the last. Times, Sunday Times (2006)But they squandered two golden second-half openings. The Sun (2009)It took four hours and three minutes, by which time he had squandered eight match points. Times, Sunday Times (2006)So could the millions squandered in Europe. The Sun (2012)So, what do they squander their millions on? Times, Sunday Times (2008)An audit found that nearly 4 million had been squandered. Times, Sunday Times (2011)When police are making cuts, to squander money like this is a scandal. The Sun (2010)Wanderers have now squandered 24 points from winning positions and are only three points above the relegation zone. The Sun (2013)The Bulgaria striker squandered two glorious chances either side of the interval and those misses summed up a miserable season. Times, Sunday Times (2010)MK Dons will feel they squandered two points in their fight to climb away from relegation trouble. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Scotland took their few chances; Australia squandered their many. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The England star hit the post twice as he squandered 12 points in a kicking horror show. The Sun (2012)
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Translations for 'squander'
British English: squander /ˈskwɒndə/ VERB
If you squander money, resources, or opportunities, you waste them.
She squandered huge sums of money on clothes and jewels.
- American English: squander
- Arabic: يُبَدِّدُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: desperdiçar
- Chinese: 浪费
- Croatian: potratiti
- Czech: plýtvat
- Danish: klatte væk
- Dutch: verspillen
- European Spanish: despilfarrar
- Finnish: tuhlata törsätä
- French: dilapider
- German: vergeuden
- Greek: χαραμίζω
- Italian: sperperare
- Japanese: 浪費する
- Korean: 낭비하다
- Norwegian: sløse
- Polish: roztrwonić
- European Portuguese: desperdiçar
- Romanian: a risipi
- Russian: расточать
- Spanish: despilfarrar
- Swedish: slösa bort
- Thai: ใช้จ่ายสุรุ่ยสุร่าย
- Turkish: boşa harcamak
- Ukrainian: розтринькувати
- Vietnamese: lãng phí
Definition of squander from the Collins English Dictionary
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