mistreat

verb mis·treat \ ˌmis-ˈtrēt \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of mistreat

transitive verb
: to treat badly : abuse

mistreatment

play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of mistreat in a Sentence

  1. They accuse him of mistreating his wife.

  2. She claimed she had been mistreated by the police.

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First Known Use of mistreat

15th century


MISTREAT Defined for English Language Learners

mistreat

verb

Definition of mistreat for English Language Learners

  • : to treat (someone or something) badly


MISTREAT Defined for Kids

mistreat

verb mis·treat \ mis-ˈtrēt \

Definition of mistreat for Students

mistreated; mistreating
: to handle, use, or act toward in a harsh way : abuse


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