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English definition of “abuse”

abuse

verb [T] (USE WRONGLY)    /əˈbjuːz/
to use something for the wrong purpose in a way that is harmful or morally wrong: She is continually abusing her position/authority by getting other people to do things for her. I never expected that he would abuse the trust I placed in him. to abuse alcoholTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveUsing and misusing abuser     /əˈbjuː.zər/ US  /-zɚ/ noun [C] a child abuser a drug/solvent abuserTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
(Definition of abuse verb (USE WRONGLY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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