Meaning of "abuse" in Essential American English Dictionary


noun us /əˈbjus/

the act of using something for the wrong purpose in a way that is bad:

drug abuse
alcohol abuse

[ no plural ] the act of being violent or cruel to another person:

child abuse

[ no plural ] rude words said to someone:

The crowds were shouting abuse at him.

(Definition of “abuse noun” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)