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misuse

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verb mis·use \-ˈyüz\

Simple Definition of misuse

  • : to use (something) incorrectly

  • : to treat (someone) unfairly

Full Definition of misuse

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to use incorrectly :  misapply <misused his talents>

  3. 2 :  abuse, mistreat <misused his servants>

mis·us·er noun

Examples of misuse

  1. She's charged with misusing company funds.

  2. a word that is frequently misused



Origin of misuse

Middle English, partly from mis- + usen to use; partly from Middle French mesuser to abuse, from Old French, from mes- + user to use


First Known Use: 14th century


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misuse

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noun mis·use \-ˈyüs\

Simple Definition of misuse

  • : the act of using something in an illegal, improper, or unfair way : incorrect use

Full Definition of misuse

  1. :  incorrect or improper use :  misapplication

Examples of misuse

  1. No refunds will be offered on products damaged by misuse.

  2. <the warranty for this dryer is null and void if you subject the product to deliberate misuse>



14th Century

First Known Use of misuse

14th century


MISUSE Defined for Kids

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misuse

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verb mis·use \mis-ˈyüz\

Definition of misuse

mis·usedmis·us·ing

  1. 1 :  to put into action or service in a wrong way

  2. 2 :  2abuse 1, mistreat




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misuse

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noun mis·use \mis-ˈyüs\

Definition of misuse

  1. :  incorrect or improper handling <He was criticized for misuse of public funds.>





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