spend time

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spend time (third-person singular simple present spends time, present participle spending time, simple past and past participle spent time)

  1. To dedicate time to an activity.
    • 2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, “Geothermal Energy”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 4:
      Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame.
    These days, many people spend time surfing social networking sites.
  2. To accompany someone for leisure; to hang out.
    It's my day off today - let's spend some time together.   Parents should spend more time with their children.