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Apr 22, 2013

how to say "to spend money" in Hebrew


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לְהוֹצִיא כֶּסֶף, לְבַזְבֵּז
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Term 1

A while ago I did an entry on expenses - הוֹצָאוֹת. To spend money or to create an expense is לְהוֹצִיא כֶּסֶף - literally, to take out money

For example:


הִיא חוֹשֶׁבֶת פַּעֲמַיִם לִפְנֵי שֶׁהִיא מוֹצִיאָה כֶּסֶף עַל מוֹתָרוֹת.
She thinks twice before spending money on luxuries.

להוציאis an active-causative הִפְעִיל verb.

Don't confuse this term with the one for to withdraw money from an ATM (automated teller machine) - that's לִמְשֹוֹךְ כֶּסֶף- literally, to pull money.

למשוךis an active-simple פָּעַל verb.

Term 2

Another way of saying to spend is לְבַזְבֵּז, though people usually use this term to mean to waste.

For example:


בְּנֵי הַנֹּעַר בִּזְבִּזוּ אַלְפֵי שְׁקָלִים שֶׁל הוֹרֵיהֶם בְּמַהֲלַךְ הַקַּיִץ.
The teens spent (wasted) thousands of shekels of their parents' money over the summer.

לבזבז is an active-intensive פִּעֵל verb.

Likewise, the noun form of לבזבז is בִּזְבּוּזThus, a waste of money is בזבוז כסף, a waste of time is בזבוז זְמַן, etc.


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