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English definition of “abuse”

abuse

noun [C or U] (WRONG USE)    /əˈbjuːs/
B2 the use of something in a way that is harmful or morally wrong: an abuse (= wrong use) of privilege/power/someone's kindness Drug and alcohol abuse (= using these substances in a bad way) contributed to his early death.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
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