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Meaning of MISUSE

Pronunciation:  [n]mis'yoos, [v]mis'yooz, mis'yooz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  improper or excessive use
  2. [v]  change the inherent purpose or function of something; "Don't abuse the system"; "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"
  3. [v]  apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly; "The words are misapplied in this context"; "You are misapplying the name of this religious group"

MISUSE is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: abuse, abuse, misapply, pervert
 See Also: apply, drug abuse, employ, employment, exercise, expend, fracture, habit, substance abuse, take in vain, usage, use, use, use, utilisation, utilise, utilization, utilize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mis*use"\, v. t. [F. m['e]suser. See {Mis-}, prefix from
    French, and {Use}.]
    1. To treat or use improperly; to use to a bad purpose; to
       misapply; as, to misuse one's talents. --South.
             The sweet poison of misused wine.     --Milton.
    2. To abuse; to treat ill.
             O, she misused me past the endurance of a block.
    Syn: To maltreat; abuse; misemploy; misapply.
  2. \Mis*use"\, n.
    1. Wrong use; misapplication; erroneous or improper use.
             Words little suspected for any such misuse. --Locke.
    2. Violence, or its effects. [Obs.] --Shak.
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