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misuse

verb mis·use \ -ˈyüz \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of misuse

transitive verb
1 : to use incorrectly : misapply
  • misused his talents
  • a word that is frequently misused
2 : abuse, mistreat
  • misused his servants

misuser

noun

Examples of misuse in a Sentence

  1. She's charged with misusing company funds.

  2. a word that is frequently misused

Recent Examples of misuse from the Web

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Origin and Etymology 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

misuse Synonyms


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misuse

noun mis·use \ -ˈyüs \

Definition of misuse

: incorrect or improper use : misapplication

Examples of misuse in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of misuse from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of misuse


MISUSE Defined for English Language Learners

misuse

verb

Definition of misuse for English Language Learners

  • : to use (something) incorrectly

  • : to treat (someone) unfairly


misuse

noun

Definition of misuse for English Language Learners

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


MISUSE Defined for Kids

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misuse

verb mis·use \ mis-ˈyüz \

Definition of misuse for Students

misused; misusing
1 : to put into action or service in a wrong way
2 : 2abuse 1, mistreat

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misuse

noun mis·use \ mis-ˈyüs \

Definition of misuse for Students

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


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