mismanage mis‧man‧age [ˌmɪsˈmænɪdʒ] verb [transitive]
to manage a company, economy etc badly:

• The project has been mismanaged from start to finish.

• British firms squander billions each year by mismanaging corporate overheads.

— mismanagement noun [uncountable] :

• Shareholders may sue the directors for mismanagement.

• The government has been accused of economic mismanagement.

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mismanage UK US /ˌmɪsˈmænɪdʒ/ verb [T]
MANAGEMENT to organize or control something badly: mismanage a company/the economy »

The previous bosses had mismanaged the company to the point of collapse.


The audit found that the company had underestimated costs and mismanaged funds.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • mismanage — (v.) 1680s, from MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + MANAGE (Cf. manage). Related: Mismanaged; mismanaging …   Etymology dictionary

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  • mismanage — [mis man′ij] vt., vi. mismanaged, mismanaging to manage or administer badly or dishonestly mismanagement n …   English World dictionary

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  • mismanage — mismanagement, n. mismanager, n. /mis man ij/, v.t., v.i., mismanaged, mismanaging. to manage incompetently or dishonestly: to mismanage funds. [1680 90; MIS 1 + MANAGE] Syn. mishandle, bungle, botch, maladminister. * * * …   Universalium

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  • mismanage — verb a) To manage an area of responsibility in a way which is inept, incompetent, or dishonest. She mismanaged my finances and left me bankrupt. b) To behave, in a management capacity, in a manner which is inept, incompetent, or dishonest …   Wiktionary

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