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verb (used with or without object), mis·man·aged, mis·man·ag·ing.
  1. to manage incompetently or dishonestly: to mismanage funds.
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Origin of mismanage

First recorded in 1680–90; mis-1 + manage
Related formsmis·man·age·ment, nounmis·man·ag·er, noun

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Related Words for mismanage

mishandle, botch, misinterpret, bungle, overlook, blunder, confound, fumble, fail, misconduct, muff, misgovern, maladminister

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Historical Examples of mismanage

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for mismanage


  1. (tr) to manage badly or wrongly
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Derived Formsmismanagement, nounmismanager, noun
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Word Origin and History for mismanage


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

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