- 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
- 2misuse somebody to treat somebody badly and/or unfairly 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.
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//