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Meaning & Definition of Misuse in English

English

Misuse

/mɪsjuz/

noun

1. Improper or excessive use

  • "Alcohol abuse"
  • "The abuse of public funds"
    synonym:
  • misuse
  • ,
  • abuse

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • misapply
  • ,
  • misuse

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • pervert
  • ,
  • misuse
  • ,
  • abuse