Misspend Mis*spend", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Misspent}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Misspending}.] To spend amiss or for wrong purposes; to squander; to waste; as, to misspend time or money. --J. Philips. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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