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Definition of maltreat verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

maltreat

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌmælˈtriːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmælˈtriːt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they maltreat
BrE BrE//ˌmælˈtriːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmælˈtriːt//
 
he / she / it maltreats
BrE BrE//ˌmælˈtriːts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmælˈtriːts//
 
past simple maltreated
BrE BrE//ˌmælˈtriːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmælˈtriːtɪd//
 
past participle maltreated
BrE BrE//ˌmælˈtriːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmælˈtriːtɪd//
 
-ing form maltreating
BrE BrE//ˌmælˈtriːtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmælˈtriːtɪŋ//
 
 
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maltreat somebody/something to be very cruel to a person or an animal synonym ill-treat Officers were accused of maltreating prisoners. Word Origin early 18th cent.: from French maltraiter.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: maltreat