mis·​spend | \ˌmis-ˈspend \
misspent\ -​ˈspent \; misspending

Definition of misspend 

transitive verb

: to spend wrongly : squander a misspent life

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Examples of misspend in a Sentence

Several government officials have been accused of misspending public money. warned that a childhood spent playing video games was a misspent youth indeed

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Last month, the ethics committee unanimously voted to create a special subcommittee to investigate Schweikert and Schwab for misspending and other issues. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Rep. David Schweikert's chief of staff steps down amid ethics probe," 9 July 2018 The United States Justice Department said that at least $4.5 billion from 1MDB was laundered through American financial institutions and misspent by Mr. Najib, his family and associates. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Malaysia’s Ex-Leader, Najib Razak, Is Charged in Corruption Inquiry," 3 July 2018 The House Ethics Committee has unanimously voted to create a panel to investigate possible misspending authorized by U.S. Rep. David Schweikert or his chief of staff. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "House ethics panel opens review of Rep. David Schweikert and his chief of staff," 28 June 2018 Luke Brands, Collins said, is not involved in lawsuits in the U.S. and Canada filed by Tim Hortons franchise owners claiming that Restaurant Brands International misspent money meant for advertising. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Luke Brands ends big plans for Tim Hortons in Indy," 18 May 2018 Instead, Holcomb suggested lawmakers take up a loan Muncie schools need to get finances back in order after misspending bond dollars that were supposed to be used on capital projects and wait on the rest of the provisions. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Ball State plan to take control of Muncie schools headed toward approval in special session," 7 May 2018 That, combined with an excoriating inspector general report that found Dr. Shulkin misspent public funds on travel, eventually led to his ouster. New York Times, "V.A. Medical System Staggers as Chaos Engulfs Its Leadership," 4 May 2018 Uresti said of Bates, who has been accused misspending investors’ money on exotic automobiles, trips, hotels and to pay personal expenses. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Will Uresti testify in his own defense?," 3 Feb. 2018 These seven people have been charged in a scandal involving Fiat Chrysler Automobiles money meant for worker training being misspent and covered up: • Former FCA negotiator Alphons Iacobelli awaits sentencing. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Incoming UAW boss was aboard $1,600 bus ride cited in scandal," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of misspend

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of misspend

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

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