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misuse

mis·use

misuse

 
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: mihs yus
definition: a wrong or inappropriate use.
Misuse of this machinery can be dangerous.
synonyms:
abuse, misapplication
similar words:
misusage, waste
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: mihs yuz
inflections: misused, misuses, misusing
definition 1: to use incorrectly or inappropriately.
He misused his wife's inheritance by gambling it away.She misused her study time and consequently failed the exam.People commonly misuse the apostrophe in their writing.He started to misuse prescription drugs and eventually became addicted.
synonyms:
abuse, misapply, pervert
similar words:
desecrate, misappropriate, squander, waste
definition 2: to treat wrongly; abuse.
She had misused her friends, and now she had no one to turn to.
synonyms:
abuse, ill-use, maltreat, mistreat
similar words:
afflict, aggrieve, harm, injure, persecute, wrong
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