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abuse

a·buse

abuse

 
 
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
pronunciation: byuz
inflections: abused, abuses, abusing
definition 1: to use in a way that is wrong or bad.
If you abuse alcohol, you will hurt your health.
definition 2: to hurt someone or something by treating it in a bad way.
His father abused him when he was a child.
synonyms:
misuse
antonyms:
honor
similar words:
batter, beat, harm, hit, hurt, injure, offend, persecute, strike
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: byus
definition 1: bad or wrong use.
Drug abuse is a problem for some people.
synonyms:
misuse
definition 2: cruel or harmful treatment.
Child abuse is a crime.
similar words:
battery, harm, injury, punishment
derivation: abuser (n.)
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