mis·​spend | \ ˌmis-ˈspend How to pronounce misspend (audio) \
misspent\ ˌmis-​ˈspent How to pronounce misspent (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 The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board already adjudicated that Omar misspent campaign funds and perhaps used them for private purposes. David Schultz, Twin Cities, "David Schultz: When are the private lives of public officials our concern?," 29 Aug. 2019 The District’s public schools continue to misspend money designated to help the city’s most vulnerable students, according to a report from the Office of the D.C. Auditor. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "D.C. continues misspending funds intended for neediest in its schools, report says," 28 June 2019 To quell concerns about whether city officials could misspend the money, Hollywood commissioners agreed in December to appoint 15 residents to the oversight advisory committee. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Wanted: Teen to keep tabs on $165 million," 12 June 2019 An indictment accuses Hunter and his wife of misspending more than $250,000 in campaign funds on everything from tequila shots to airfare for a family pet. Fox News, "Indicted California incumbent steps up attacks on Democrat," 16 Oct. 2018 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

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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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