Past tense and past participle of spend.
1. Having been put to use and therefore unavailable for use: spent shell casings.
2. Depleted of energy, force, or strength; exhausted: spent laborers.
3. Depleted or nearly depleted of fissionable material: spent nuclear fuel.
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