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misspend Line breaks: mis|spend
Pronunciation: /mɪsˈspɛnd/

Definition of misspend in English:

verb (past and past participle misspent /mɪsˈspɛnt/)

[with object] (usually as adjective misspent)
Spend (one’s time or money) foolishly, wrongly, or wastefully: perhaps I am atoning for my misspent youth
More example sentences
  • Sunday's piece highlighted court-appointed guardians who failed to file required reports on their clients or misspent clients' money.
  • In June, EU ministers argued that misspent money should be paid back within eight years - hardly an onerous deadline.
  • When it was exposed that he had misspent taxpayer's money, he promptly resigned.
wasted, dissipated, squandered, thrown away, frittered away, prodigal, misused, misapplied, irregular;
idle, profitless, unprofitable

Words that rhyme with misspend

amend, append, apprehend, ascend, attend, befriend, bend, blend, blende, commend, comprehend, condescend, contend, defriend, depend, emend, end, expend, extend, fend, forfend, friend, impend, interdepend, lend, mend, misapprehend, offend, on-trend, Oostende, Ostend, perpend, portend, rend, reprehend, scrag-end, send, spend, subtend, suspend, tail end, tend, transcend, trend, underspend, unfriend, upend, vend, weekend, wend

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