misspend

verb mis·spend \ ˌmis-ˈspend \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

Definition of misspend

misspent play \-ˈspent\; misspending
: to spend wrongly : squander
  • a misspent life

Examples of misspend in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of misspend

14th century

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misspend Synonyms

Antonyms

conserve;

Phrases

play ducks and drakes with (or make ducks and drakes of);



MISSPEND Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of misspend for English Language Learners

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



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