mis·​man·​age | \ ˌmis-ˈma-nij How to pronounce mismanage (audio) \
mismanaged; mismanaging

Definition of mismanage

transitive verb

: to manage (something) wrongly or poorly mismanage a business … started thinking that maybe employees are sometimes mismanaged because they let themselves be mismanaged. They don't fight back.— A. J. Anderson … even those professional Pollyannas who publicly find reason to praise the current municipal administration shake their heads in private and wonder how long we can go on deliberately mismanaging our affairs.— Brendan Gill

Other Words from mismanage

mismanagement \ ˌmis-​ˈma-​nij-​mənt How to pronounce mismanage (audio) \ noun, plural mismanagements
financial mismanagement of the company

First Known Use of mismanage

1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Mismanage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mismanage. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mismanage

: to manage or control (something) badly

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