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misspend

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verb mis·spend \ˌmis-ˈspend\

Simple Definition of misspend

  • : to spend or use (something, such as time or money) in a way that is not legal, careful, or wise

Full Definition of misspend

mis·spentplay play \-ˈspent\ mis·spend·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to spend wrongly :  squander <a misspent life>

Examples of misspend

  1. Several government officials have been accused of misspending public money.

  2. <warned that a childhood spent playing video games was a misspent youth indeed>



14th Century

First Known Use of misspend

14th century




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