misuse

verb
mis·​use | \ ˌmis-ˈyüz How to pronounce misuse (audio) \
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 | \ ˌmis-ˈyüs How to pronounce misuse (audio) \

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 His wife, Margaret Hunter, pleaded guilty in June 2019 of conspiring with her husband to misuse more than $250,000 in campaign money on personal expenses such as travel, groceries, fast food and private school tuition. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Former Rep. Duncan Hunter to serve sentence at West Texas prison camp," 16 Oct. 2020 Support economic relief for those who are unemployed during the pandemic. Support the Violence Against Women Act and common-sense legislation to keep guns out of the hands of those who would misuse them. Tawnja Zahradka, Star Tribune, "Emmer is not a leader for all Minnesotans," 15 Oct. 2020 But the Rosen trade proved to be a waste of resources — a second- and fifth-round pick — something the Dolphins couldn’t afford to misuse during their extensive rebuilding effort. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins could have drafted this star WR instead of acquiring Josh Rosen. Now, they must defend him on Sunday.," 2 Oct. 2020 And, when taken consistently for too long, patients may misuse benzodiazepines, which is especially dangerous when taken with some other types of drugs. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The FDA Will Require a New Boxed Safety Warning for Benzodiazepines," 25 Sep. 2020 In fact, later in his screed, the author of this garbage rebuts himself by trotting out the timeworn argument that President Lyndon Baines Johnson was the first chief executive to misuse Social Security funds and spend them on other purposes. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Setting the record straight: Internet lies about Social Security never go away," 13 Sep. 2020 Eighty percent of people with BPD meet the criteria for major depressive disorder, 90% suffer from anxiety and two thirds misuse drugs and alcohol. Yasmin Lajoie, refinery29.com, "“Tomorrow I’ll Be Someone Else”: Living With Borderline Personality Disorder," 3 Sep. 2020 Reliance Jio’s control over telecom—the core infrastructure for digital businesses—also gives it an edge over rivals, and raises concerns about the company’s ability to misuse its unique position. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "India’s richest man is borrowing from the Big Tech playbook," 23 Aug. 2020 And the risk that patients who are less stabilized might misuse their prescription does exist. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Covid-19 has freed opioid addiction patients from daily methadone clinic visits," 17 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Smith also is facing a slew of unrelated state charges in 41B District Court in Clinton Township, including embezzlement and misconduct in office, over the misuse of drug forfeiture funds. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Prosecutor Eric Smith has COVID-19, plea hearing moved in criminal case," 13 Nov. 2020 Top honors went to Caroline Isemann, of Woman’s Hospital, for her work promoting the GRACE Program for pregnant women suffering from opioid misuse. NOLA.com, "New Orleans, Baton Rouge area Business Honors for Nov. 8, 2020," 8 Nov. 2020 According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 20,000 people die each year from the misuse of prescription drugs. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Dispose of prescription drugs safely with Katy ISD drug take back," 15 Oct. 2020 National research shows that most opioid addictions start with misuse of pain pills, although regular use can lead to dependence. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, "Study involving UC could help ID genetic markers for opioid addiction," 9 Oct. 2020 Supporters of the tariffs said the U.S. needs to push for fairness in trade, against alleged misuse of intellectual property in China, for example, or possible misdeeds by European Union officials in deals with Airbus. Jim Spencer, Star Tribune, "Tariffs create mixed bag for U.S. farmers, builders," 9 Oct. 2020 The findings of three investigations over the past three years substantiated allegations of discrimination and harassment of staffers, as well as misuse of public funds. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "New York City Council Votes to Remove Member From Office," 5 Oct. 2020 But reporting a breach doesn’t hinge on misuse, the report asserts. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Legal misinterpretation to blame for delay in reporting Kentucky unemployment breach," 21 Sep. 2020 This widespread usage came to a head in the mid-1970s, when the DEA instated stricter regulations for Librium due to its overprescription and high potential for misuse. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "What Are the Green Pills Beth Takes In 'The Queen's Gambit'?," 27 Oct. 2020

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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 and Noun

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

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

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Last Updated

22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Misuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misuse. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for misuse

misuse

verb
How to pronounce misuse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of misuse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to use (something) incorrectly
: to treat (someone) unfairly

misuse

noun
How to pronounce misuse (audio)

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 How to pronounce misuse (audio) \
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 How to pronounce misuse (audio) \

Kids Definition of misuse (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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