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 probe has spread from misspending of money from a UAW-FCA training center to the highest reaches of the union, with both current President Gary Jones and his predecessor Dennis Williams implicated. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM files racketeering lawsuit against FCA, saying it corrupted labor talks," 20 Nov. 2019 The department has also been scrutinized for misspending nearly $80 million in federal funds, violating state contract laws and allegedly retaliating against whistleblowers. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "MN DHS under scrutiny for treatment of employees with disabilities," 14 Nov. 2019 Hunter and his wife were charged with misspending more than $200,000 in campaign funds on vacations, bar tabs and other personal expenses. NBC News, "Local GOP rejects indicted GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter," 15 Oct. 2019 But the steady drip of investigations and misspending allegations and a shakeup at the top ranks of the NRA compelled him to alter his will. Lisa Marie Pane, The Denver Post, "NRA turmoil creates rift among some big donors," 10 Nov. 2019 Hunter and his wife were charged with misspending more than $200,000 in campaign funds on vacations, bar tabs and other personal expenses. Michael R. Blood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Indicted California congressman argues for another term," 14 Oct. 2019 The nonprofit's 2015 tax filing reportedly indicated Driscoll misspent $900,000 on personal expenses going as far back as 2006. Fox News, "Former veterans charity leader sentenced to year in prison for stealing $900G," 2 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of misspend

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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8 Dec 2019

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“Misspend.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misspent. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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