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English noun: misuse

1. misuse (act) improper or excessive use


SamplesAlcohol abuse.
The abuse of public funds.


Synonymsabuse


Broader (hypernym)employment, exercise, usage, use, utilisation, utilization


Narrower (hyponym)drug abuse, habit, substance abuse


English verb: misuse

1. misuse (consumption) apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly


SamplesThe words are misapplied in this context.
You are misapplying the name of this religious group.


Synonymsmisapply


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

2. misuse (change) change the inherent purpose or function of something


SamplesDon't abuse the system.
The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers.


Synonymsabuse, pervert


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)expend, use


Narrower (hyponym)fracture, take in vain









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