Meaning of "abuse" in Essential American English Dictionary


verb us /əˈbjuz/ present participle abusing, past tense and past participle abused

to be cruel and violent with someone:

Some of the women were abused by their husbands.

to use something for the wrong purpose in a way that is bad:

He abused drugs for many years

to say rude words to someone:

The crowd started abusing him.

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