Definition of maltreat verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    maltreat

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˌmælˈtrit//
     
    maltreat somebody/somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they maltreat
     
    he / she / it maltreats
     
    past simple maltreated
     
    -ing form maltreating
     
     
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  1. 1to be very cruel to a person or an animal synonym ill-treat
  2. 2 Officers were accused of maltreating prisoners.
maltreatment
 
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noun [uncountable]
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