mis·​spend | \ ˌmis-ˈspend How to pronounce misspend (audio) \
misspent\ ˌmis-​ˈspent How to pronounce misspend (audio) \; 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
Recent Examples on the Web During Burford’s tenure, Congress suspected the EPA was misspending hazardous waste cleanup funds and ordered that financial documents be turned over. Washington Post, "William D. Ruckelshaus, who refused to join in Nixon’s ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ dies at 87," 27 Nov. 2019 The emails detailed the dirty deeds and were sent en masse to top managers, some of whom were also accused of misspending money intended to fight Ebola in Congo. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "China's relationship with WHO chief in wake of coronavirus outbreak under the microscope," 20 Mar. 2020 Hunter, who resigned from Congress in January, is scheduled to be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to misspending his campaign funds. Washington Post, "GOP Rep. Hunter’s son pens letter to keep dad out of jail," 13 Mar. 2020 During Burford’s tenure, Congress suspected the EPA was misspending hazardous waste cleanup funds and ordered that financial documents be turned over. BostonGlobe.com, "Decades later, as chief executive of Houston-based Browning-Ferris Industries, the nation’s second-largest trash-disposal company, he expanded its presence into New York and worked with law enforcement to help break mob control of the city’s trash collection.," 28 Nov. 2019 Iacobelli and Morgan were accused of misspending thousands of dollars meant for worker training at the joint UAW-FCA facility known as the National Training Center, or NTC. Cindy Burton, Detroit Free Press, "UAW corruption scandal hangs over contract talks: Here's the latest," 16 Sep. 2019 The actions are the latest fallout from an IndyStar investigation of misspending at the IDVA that has prompted several resignations, two state audits and a new law intended to clamp down on how the agency spends grant money. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Former lawmaker catches heat for secretive deal with Indiana veterans agency," 7 Aug. 2019 The probe has spread from misspending of money from a UAW-FCA training center to the highest reaches of the union, with both President Gary Jones and his predecessor Williams implicated. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Lawyer: GM suit against FCA will cost automakers hundreds of thousands of dollars," 11 Dec. 2019 Schweikert is facing allegations of misspending by his campaign and his office. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Rep. David Schweikert turns to impeachment foe Rep. Devin Nunes for fundraising help," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of misspend

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Misspend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misspend. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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