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English noun: misuse

1. misuse (act) improper or excessive use

SamplesAlcohol abuse.
The abuse of public funds.


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.


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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