misspend

verb
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

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 Utah leaders misspend public funds, abandon Utah’s youth for fossil fuels. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Sep. 2021 But the risks are that industrial policies can misspend dollars that would be better directed by the private sector. Josh Boak, ajc, 18 May 2021 But the risks are that industrial policies can misspend dollars that would be better directed by the private sector. Josh Boak, ajc, 18 May 2021 But the risks are that industrial policies can misspend dollars that would be better directed by the private sector. Josh Boak, ajc, 18 May 2021 But the risks are that industrial policies can misspend dollars that would be better directed by the private sector. Josh Boak, ajc, 18 May 2021 But the risks are that industrial policies can misspend dollars that would be better directed by the private sector. Josh Boak, ajc, 18 May 2021 But the risks are that industrial policies can misspend dollars that would be better directed by the private sector. Josh Boak, ajc, 18 May 2021 But the risks are that industrial policies can misspend dollars that would be better directed by the private sector. Josh Boak, ajc, 18 May 2021 See More

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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 17 Aug. 2022.

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