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[mis-man-ij] /mɪsˈmæn ɪdʒ/
verb (used with or without object), mismanaged, mismanaging.
to manage incompetently or dishonestly:
to mismanage funds.
Origin of mismanage
First recorded in 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
Historical Examples
  • I can't conceive how he contrived to mismanage his affairs.'

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • And yet how sadly we mismanage men, and misuse opportunities.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson Charlotte M. Yonge
  • They are so simple in construction, that servants cannot mismanage them.

  • Would Durgan fail at the pinch and mismanage it so as to give the alarm?

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

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • 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
  • You never would have had any property to mismanage if it hadn't been for her; and see the way you show your gratitude for it.

  • His chief defect was his forgetfulness and absence of mind, which made him mismanage important business.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • 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
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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