WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
mis•use /n. mɪsˈyus; v. -ˈyuz/USA pronunciation n., v., -used, -us•ing.

n. 
  • wrong or improper use: [uncountable]The principal was dismissed for misuse of school funds.[countable]a misuse of the word "appropriately.''

  • v. [+ object]
  • to use incorrectly:to misuse a word.
  • to treat harmfully; mistreat:to misuse a friend.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    misuse n /ˌmɪsˈjuːs/misusage
    1. erroneous, improper, or unorthodox use: misuse of words
    2. cruel or inhumane treatment
    vb /ˌmɪsˈjuːz/(transitive)
    1. to use wrongly
    2. to treat badly or harshly



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