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English definition of “misuse”

misuse

verb [T] uk   /ˌmɪsˈjuːz/ us  
C1 to use something in an unsuitable way or in a way that was not intended: She was accused of misusing company funds.Using and misusing

misuse

noun [C or U] uk   /ˌmɪsˈjuːs/ us  
C1 an occasion when something is used in an unsuitable way or in a way that was not intended: This new computer system is completely unnecessary and a misuse of taxpayers' money. the misuse of power/drugsUsing and misusing
(Definition of misuse from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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