misuse

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Misuse \Mis*use"\ (m[i^]s*[=u]z"), verb (used with an object) [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. --Shak.

Syn: To maltreat; abuse; misemploy; misapply.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Misuse \Mis*use"\ (m[i^]s*[=u]s"), noun

1. Wrong use; misapplication; erroneous or improper use.

Words little suspected for any such misuse. --Locke.

2. Violence, or its effects. [Obs.] --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

misuse

noun

1: improper or excessive use; "alcohol abuse"; "the abuse of public funds" [syn: {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" [syn: {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" [syn: {pervert}, {misuse}, {abuse}]


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