Meaning of “misuse” in the English Dictionary

"misuse" in American English

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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 federal funds to pay for her son’s private school expenses.
noun [ C/U ] us /mɪsˈjus/

[ C ] This new computer system is completely unnecessary and a misuse of taxpayersmoney.

(Definition of “misuse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"misuse" in Business English

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misusenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌmɪsˈjuːs/ us

the act of using something wrongly or in a dishonest way:

There are new rules about mobile phone use at work, and new penalties for misuse.
misuse of sth The directors were charged with misuse of funds.
a blatant misuse of power

misuseverb [ T ]

uk /ˌmɪsˈjuːz/ us

to use something wrongly or in a dishonest way:

misuse assets/funds/money He was accused of misusing $2.4 million in union funds.
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)