Meaning of "abuse" in Essential English Dictionary


verb uk /əˈbjuːz/ abusing, 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 Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)