- 1 abuse something to make bad use of something, or to use so much of something that it harms your health to abuse alcohol/drugs He systematically abused his body with heroin and cocaine.
- 2 abuse something to use power or knowledge unfairly or wrongly She abused her position as principal by giving jobs to her friends. He felt they had abused his trust by talking about him to the press (= tricked him, although he had trusted them).
- 3 abuse somebody/something to treat a person or an animal in a cruel or violent way, especially sexually All the children had been physically and emotionally abused. He had abused his own daughter. The boy had been sexually abused.
- 4abuse somebody to make rude or offensive remarks to or about somebody synonym insult The referee had been threatened and abused. More Like This Pronunciation changes by part of speech abuse, alternate, advocate, approximate, contract, converse, convict, decrease, delegate, discount, duplicate, estimate, export, extract, graduate, import, intimate, moderate, object, permit, present, protest, record, refund, refuse, subject, suspect, survey, torment, upgradeSee worksheet. Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from Latin abus-
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BrE BrE//əˈbjuːz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈbjuːz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abuse
BrE BrE//əˈbjuːz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈbjuːz//he / she / it abuses
BrE BrE//əˈbjuːzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈbjuːzɪz//past simple abused
BrE BrE//əˈbjuːzd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈbjuːzd//past participle abused
BrE BrE//əˈbjuːzd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈbjuːzd//-ing form abusing
BrE BrE//əˈbjuːzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈbjuːzɪŋ//