Definition of mishandle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    mishandle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈhændl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈhændl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mishandle
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈhændl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈhændl//
     
    he / she / it mishandles
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈhændlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈhændlz//
     
    past simple mishandled
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈhændld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈhændld//
     
    past participle mishandled
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈhændld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈhændld//
     
    -ing form mishandling
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈhændlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈhændlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1mishandle something to deal badly with a problem or situation synonym mismanage The entire campaign had been badly mishandled.
  2. 2mishandle somebody/something to touch or treat somebody/something in a rough and careless way The equipment could be dangerous if mishandled.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mishandle