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[mis-spent] /mɪsˈspɛnt/
simple past tense and past participle of misspend.
spent wrongly or unwisely; wasted:
misspent youth.


[mis-spend] /mɪsˈspɛnd/
verb (used with object), misspent, misspending.
to spend wrongly or unwisely; squander; waste.
Origin of misspend
1350-1400; Middle English. See mis-1, spend
Related forms
misspender, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misspent
  • Try not to give the impression your time dressing has been misspent at the expense of your work.
  • They were lifted by insolence above their car loans, their surly arrears, their misspent matrimonies.
  • By one estimate, a fifth of government revenue is pinched, and much of the rest misspent.
  • The huge amounts allocated to foreign aid are either stolen by local politicians or misspent by the respective governments.
  • The clean-up is good news, but the misspent tax dollars likely are gone forever.
  • It is likely the actual amount of public money that was misspent is higher.
  • He stated that there was no money, lawsuits from developers and missing or misspent funds.
British Dictionary definitions for misspent


verb -spends, -spending, -spent
to spend thoughtlessly or wastefully
Derived Forms
misspender, noun
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Word Origin and History for misspent



also mis-spend, "to spend amiss or wastefully," late 14c.; see mis- (1) + spend. Related: Misspent, frequently coupled with youth; misspending.

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