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[mis-man-ij] /mɪsˈmæn ɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), mismanaged, mismanaging.
to manage incompetently or dishonestly:
to mismanage funds.
Origin of mismanage
1680-90; mis-1 + manage
Related forms
mismanagement, noun
mismanager, noun
mishandle, bungle, botch, maladminister. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mismanage
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  • And yet how sadly we mismanage men, and misuse opportunities.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I can't conceive how he contrived to mismanage his affairs.'

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • I can't afford to send some bungler who'd mismanage and let the sand-hills devour a half a dozen of my best legions.

    The Unwilling Vestal Edward Lucas White
  • They are so simple in construction, that servants cannot mismanage them.

  • Oh, if these blundering men, who mismanage matters so, could but be made to hold their peace!

    Salem Chapel, v. 2/2 Mrs. Oliphant
  • Would Durgan fail at the pinch and mismanage it so as to give the alarm?

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • Yet Themistokles, rather than allow an ignorant commander to mismanage the war against Persia, bribed him to lay down his office.

  • If the Assistant Commissioner wanted to mismanage this affair nothing, of course, could prevent him.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Take it, and you provide Jamie and yourself with a home, he has his freedom, and you can manage or mismanage him as you list.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • And I am not going to stand by silently while you mismanage these sacred funds the way you have chosen to do in recent months.

    The Great Gray Plague Raymond F. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for mismanage


(transitive) to manage badly or wrongly
Derived Forms
mismanagement, noun
mismanager, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mismanage

1680s, from mis- (1) + manage. Related: Mismanaged; mismanaging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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