misallocate

verb mis·al·lo·cate \ ˌmis-ˈa-lə-ˌkāt \

Definition of misallocate

misallocated; misallocating
: to allocate (something, such as money or resources) poorly or improperly
  • allegedly misallocated company funds
  • Top managers misallocate resources, overpay themselves, and ignore other, possibly better ways of motivating employees—all because giving out options is "free."
  • —Justin Fox

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1934

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