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misuse

mis·use

misuse

 
parts of speech:
noun, verb
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: mihs yus
definition: a wrong or incorrect use.
Misuse of a saw could be dangerous.
synonyms:
abuse
similar words:
waste
 
part of speech: verb
pronunciation: mihs yuz
inflections: misused, misuses, misusing
definition 1: to use in a wrong or incorrect way.
He misused his study time and failed the test.
synonyms:
abuse
similar words:
waste
definition 2: to treat badly; abuse.
He misused the bicycle, and now it doesn't work.
synonyms:
abuse, mistreat
similar words:
afflict, harm, injure, persecute, wrong