American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To spend improperly or extravagantly; squander: misspent the funds; misspent their youth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To spend amiss; make a bad or useless expenditure of; waste: as, to misspend time or money; to misspend life.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To spend amiss or for wrong purposes; to squander; to waste.
- v. spend time badly or unwisely
- v. spend (money or other resources) unwisely
- mis- + spend (Wiktionary)
“The harder and more important question is why County institutions ignore early warnings, massively misspend, reward incompetence, and repeatedly prove unable to reverse dysfunction or enact even simple reforms like data sharing.”
“They were at work making money to pay the taxes that this Administration has continued to misspend.”
“Unlike the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, they haven't got millions to spend on marketing -- or misspend on lobbying, as the New York Times documented on Monday.”
“There are people in our society that are willful drains on our economy, who choose not to work and misspend their welfare checks.”
“Thus, taxes dedicated to particular programs can counteract the idea that government will misspend increased revenue.”
“Should Geinter have the power to seize community orgaizing groups if they misspend the money?”
“The White House has kept in force a set of rules known as the Stafford Act. Under its guidance, rebuilding funds must be accompanied by a 10% match from local governments, on the theory that localities won't misspend if their money is also on the line.”
“Mr. Obama said if his administration sees states misspend the money, then his words, "We're going to put a stop to it.”
“He said if his administration sees states misspend the money, then in his words, "We're going to put a stop to it.”
“To misspend $1 trillion means we will not be able to take care of our most pressing needs.”
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