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misuse

misuse - Dictionary definition and meaning for word misuse

Definition
(noun) improper or excessive use
Synonyms : abuse
Example Sentence
  • alcohol abuse
  • the abuse of public funds

Definition
(verb) apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly
Synonyms : misapply
Example Sentence
  • The words are misapplied in this context
  • You are misapplying the name of this religious group

Definition
(verb) change the inherent purpose or function of something
Synonyms : abuse , pervert
Example Sentence
  • Don't abuse the system
  • The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers

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