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tr.v. squan·dered, squan·der·ing, squan·ders
1. To spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate. See Synonyms at waste.
2. To fail to take advantage of: squandered an opportunity to go to college.
3. Archaic To scatter.
Extravagant expenditure; prodigality.

[Origin unknown.]

squan′der·er n.
squan′der·ing·ly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.squandering - spending resources lavishly and wastefully; "more wasteful than the squandering of time"
waste, wastefulness, dissipation - useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
squandermania - prodigious squandering (usually by a government)
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References in classic literature ?
And of that which is neither yours nor your subjects' you can be a ready giver, as were Cyrus, Caesar, and Alexander; because it does not take away your reputation if you squander that of others, but adds to it; it is only squandering your own that injures you.
"Surely the king would reproach me with nothing, but he would laugh at me, while squandering my millions, and with good reason."
Later in the morning he held several consultations with De Griers--the question which occupied him being: Is it in any way possible to make use of the police--to tell them that "this respected, but unfortunate, old lady has gone out of her mind, and is squandering her last kopeck," or something of the kind?
The Ras Al Khaimah Criminal Court has sentenced Oussama Al Omari, CEO and Director-General of Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority, to 10 years in jail on charges of squandering and embezzling public funds.
Further charges include bribery in public transactions, deliberate squandering and misappropriation of public funds, money laundering, and the secret funding of Bouteflika's election campaign.
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Summary: A judge dismissed accusations made against the head of state-owned telecoms company Ogero, Imad Kreidieh, following a court session Monday to hear claims that included squandering public funds.
In an open letter to the rector, Ioannou joined the escalating row between him and Akel MP Giorgos Georgiou, who last week accused Christofides of squandering public money in having the university pay for his defence in private lawsuits filed against him personally.
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The Cairo governorate denied on Saturday allegations that Atef Abdel Hamid, the capital's new governor, had reconciled with the Illicit Gains Authority for squandering public funds.