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    misuse - Dictionary definition and meaning for word misuse

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