ill-use

verb \ ˈil-ˈyüz \

Definition of ill-use

ill-used; ill-using; ill-uses
: to use badly : maltreat, abuse

First Known Use of ill-use

1841

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ill-use

verb \ ˈil-ˈyüz \

Definition of ill-use for Students

ill-used; ill-using
: to treat badly

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