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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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  • The government continues to own and mismanage utilities that would be better off private.
  • And they often mismanage their own retirement income over an unknown life span, spending either too much or too little.
  • Even if you mismanage your money and get yourself head over heels in credit card debt, go to the financial aid office.
  • Among possible enforcement measures are spot audits of compliance by attorneys who may tend to mismanage client funds.
British Dictionary definitions for mismanage


(transitive) to manage badly or wrongly
Derived Forms
mismanagement, noun
mismanager, noun
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Word Origin and History for mismanage

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

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