Definition of misallocate in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɪsˈaləkeɪt/


[with object]
Fail to allocate (something) efficiently or fairly: monopoly is said to misallocate resources through the restriction of output
More example sentences
  • Thus, free supply not only subsidizes the users at the expense of nonusing taxpayers; it also misallocates resources by failing to supply the service where it is most needed.
  • Judging by the increasing police harassment of adult sex workers, it seems they are misallocating resources.
  • The borrowers who misallocated their investments share responsibility for the problems with the lenders, many of them international commercial banks which provided them with the money in the first place.



Pronunciation: /ˌmɪsaləˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • This should not be taken to imply that administrative allocations are inevitably worse - a market has costs, and if those costs exceed the value, then markets result in misallocation.
  • He calls suburbia and the motorcar the ‘greatest misallocation of resources in history’.
  • So the question is an empirical one - and reports such as this one suggest that, at least given current technology, investing in a nationwide ballistics imaging database would be a serious misallocation of resources.

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