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Definition of misuse verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they misuse
    he / she / it misuses
    past simple misused
    -ing form misusing
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  1. 1misuse something to use something in the wrong way or for the wrong purpose synonym abuse, ill-treat individuals who misuse power for their own ends
  2. 2misuse somebody to treat someone badly and/or unfairly
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: misuse

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