misuse

verb
mis·use | \ -ˈyüz \
misused; misusing; misuses

Definition of misuse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to use incorrectly : misapply misused his talents a word that is frequently misused

2 : abuse, mistreat misused his servants

misuse

noun
mis·use | \ -ˈyüs \

Definition of misuse (Entry 2 of 2)

: incorrect or improper use : misapplication

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Other words from misuse

Verb

misuser noun

Examples of misuse in a Sentence

Verb

She's charged with misusing company funds. a word that is frequently misused

Noun

No refunds will be offered on products damaged by misuse. the warranty for this dryer is null and void if you subject the product to deliberate misuse
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jennifer Warren has a history of misusing food stamps. Amy Julia Harris And Shoshana Walter, charlotteobserver, "This cafe serves food bought with rehab participants’ food stamps," 10 July 2018 The social media giant is sending notifications out Monday to as many as 87 million people whose data was accessed by Cambridge or misused by other companies. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Facebook letting users know today if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica," 9 Apr. 2018 But critics worry that since his death in 2016 Casaleggio’s legacy is being misused by his son, who now runs the country. Houston Chronicle, "Does the Democratic Party have the talent, money to carry the day?," 22 June 2018 Rosa Cameron spent eight months behind bars for misusing federal funds, and former Ald. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Businesses' complaints over pressure for donations prompted ouster of Ald. Tony Zielinski as Licenses Committee head," 22 June 2018 Subutex is a form of suboxone, a narcotic that is prescribed as a treatment for opioid addiction but can be misused. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Criminals are trying to get caught so they can smuggle drugs into jail, an Alaska official says," 31 May 2018 Twitter, along with Facebook and other social media companies, has been under heavy scrutiny for allowing their platforms to be misused by malicious actors trying to influence elections around the world. BostonGlobe.com, "Massport head development officer retiring," 24 May 2018 India’s government has on Tuesday, July 3, asked WhatsApp to take immediate action to prevent the social media site from being misused to spread rumors and irresponsible statements like those blamed for recent deadly mob attacks. Washington Post, "India asks WhatsApp to prevent misuse after mob killings," 4 July 2018 The chance of catastrophic injury only increases when people misuse the explosives. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "As more fireworks find their way into public's hands, catastrophic injuries on the rise," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The decision by the German court does, however, mean that Mr. Puigdemont could only be tried in Spain on the lesser charge of misuse of public funds if he is ultimately extradited. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "German Court Authorizes Extradition to Spain of Catalonia’s Former Leader," 12 July 2018 Muslims consider the Call to Prayer quite sacred, and view remixes of the call to be an example of misuse. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Solomun Says He's Sorry 'to All Muslims' For Playing Call to Prayer At Festival," 10 July 2018 All these systems contain the possibility of misuse. The Christian Science Monitor, "AI can have values if not a conscience," 2 July 2018 Each refill or additional week of use makes for a greater risk of misuse, other studies have shown. Julie Appleby, chicagotribune.com, "Doling out pain pills post-surgery: An ingrown toenail not the same as a bypass," 27 June 2018 All eyes were on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yesterday during his Congressional testimony about—among other issues—the misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Equal Pay, Michael Cohen, Theranos: Broadsheet April 11," 11 Apr. 2018 The misuse and overuse of the drugs, which is unlikely to stop soon, cause the mutations which lead to superbugs. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New “Immunobiotic” Could Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs," 6 July 2018 Shulkin is one of several Cabinet officials who have faced ethics questions over misuse of taxpayer funds, with his relating to an expensive European trip. Emily Stewart, Vox, "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt joins the very long list of high-profile White House departures," 5 July 2018 Each refill or additional week of use makes for a greater risk of misuse, other studies have shown. Julie Appleby, chicagotribune.com, "Doling out pain pills post-surgery: An ingrown toenail not the same as a bypass," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of misuse

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for misuse

Verb

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

Noun

see misuse entry 1

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The first known use of misuse was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for misuse

misuse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of misuse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to use (something) incorrectly

: to treat (someone) unfairly

misuse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of misuse (Entry 2 of 2)

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

misuse

verb
mis·use | \ mis-ˈyüz \
misused; misusing

Kids Definition of misuse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

misuse

noun
mis·use | \ mis-ˈyüs \

Kids Definition of misuse (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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