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misuseverb [T]

 us   /mɪsˈjuz/
to use something in an ​unsuitable way or in a way that was not ​intended: She’s been ​accused of misusing ​federalfunds to ​pay for her son’s ​privateschoolexpenses.
misuse
noun [C/U]  us   /mɪsˈjus/
[C] This new ​computersystem is ​completelyunnecessary and a misuse of ​taxpayers’ ​money.
(Definition of misuse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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misusenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˌmɪsˈjuːs/
the ​act of using something wrongly or in a dishonest way: There are new ​rules about ​mobilephone use at ​work, and new ​penalties for misuse.misuse of sth The ​directors were ​charged with misuse of ​funds. a blatant misuse of ​power creditcard/​computer/​internet misuse

misuseverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌmɪsˈjuːz/
to use something wrongly or in a dishonest way: misuse assets/funds/money He was ​accused of misusing $2.4 million in ​unionfunds.misuse your office/position/power Her opponents ​claim that she misused her ​position.
(Definition of misuse from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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