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English definition of “abuse”

abuse

verb [T]  /əˈbjuz/ us  
to treat a person or animal badly or cruelly, or to use something in the wrong way: He was always welcome but he never abused the privilege by visiting us too often.
abuser
noun [C]  /əˈbju·zər/ us  
Providing an alcohol or drug abuser with the right treatment can cost more than $20,000.
(Definition of abuse verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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