abuseverb [T]uk us /əˈbjuːz/
abuse verb [T] (USE WRONGLY)
- If you abuse your body now, you'll pay the price when you're older.
- The Mayor and his cohorts have abused their positions of power.
- In a landmark case/decision, the Governor pardoned a woman convicted of killing her husband, who had physically abused her.
- People who have been abused as children often experience feelings/a sense of worthlessness.
- The minister was sacked for abusing power for his personal gain.
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abuse verb [T] (TREAT CRUELLY)
abuse verb [T] (SPEAK RUDELY)
abusenounuk us /əˈbjuːs/
abuse noun (WRONG USE)
- The government say they are trying to do more to educate the public about the consequences of drug abuse.
- After years of abuse from her husband, she eventually found the courage to leave him.
- Judge Hawthorne was chosen to head the team investigating the allegations of abuse.
- There are few crimes more truly shocking than the murder or abuse of children.
- The family said they had endured years of torment and abuse at the hands of the neighbours.
abuse noun (CRUEL BEHAVIOUR)
abuse noun (RUDE SPEECH)