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

     

    misuse

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈjuːz//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they misuse
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈjuːz//
     
    he / she / it misuses
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈjuːzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈjuːzɪz//
     
    past simple misused
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈjuːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈjuːzd//
     
    past participle misused
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈjuːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈjuːzd//
     
    -ing form misusing
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈjuːzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈjuːzɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody badly and/or unfairly
  3. Extra examples ‘Marketing’ is a widely misused word in the book business. He had grossly misused his power. Several cabinet ministers were found guilty of misusing public funds. The apostrophe is often misused, even by native English speakers.
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