misused

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
mis•use /n. mɪsˈyus; v. -ˈyuz/USA pronunciation   n., v., -used, -us•ing. 

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

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

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
mis•use  (n. mis yo̅o̅s;v. mis yo̅o̅z), 
n., v., -used, -us•ing. 

n. 
  1. wrong or improper use;
    misapplication.
  2. [Obs.]bad or abusive treatment.

v.t. 
  1. to use wrongly or improperly;
    misapply.
  2. to treat badly or abusively;
    maltreat.
Etymology:1350–1400;
Middle English;
see mis-1, use
1 . misemployment, misappropriation.

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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