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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.
misuse
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)

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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 credit card/computer/internet misuse

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)
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