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abuses

noun
plural of abuse

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abuses

verb
present tense third-person singular of abuse

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1 to inflict physical or emotional harm upon
  • if you abuse your pet, he will always have an ugly disposition

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2 to criticize harshly and usually publicly
  • a demanding, difficult patient who constantly abuses the nurses and aides

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3 to put to a bad or improper use
  • if you abuse your baseball bat by using it to hammer nails, don't expect it to last long

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4 to take unfair advantage of
  • abused his parents' trust, pilfering small amounts from them that he hoped they wouldn't notice

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“Abuses.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/abuses. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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