Definition of misuse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈjuːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈjuːs//
 
[uncountable, countable, usually singular] (formal) the act of using something in a dishonest way or for the wrong purpose synonym abuse alcohol/drug misuse the misuse of power/authority a misuse of public funds
Extra examples Can manufacturers be held liable for the criminal misuse of their products? He was accused of the misuse of public funds. He was fired for computer misuse. alcohol misuse among teenagers causing pollution through misuse of pesticides the misuse of power/​authority
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