abuse verb Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary
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Meaning of “abuse” - Learner’s Dictionary

abuse

verb [T]
 
 
/əˈbjuːz/
VIOLENCE to treat someone cruelly and violently: He was physically abused by his alcoholic father.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
WRONG USE to use something for the wrong purpose in a way that is harmful or morally wrong: to abuse alcoholUsing and misusing
LANGUAGE to say rude and offensive words to someone: The crowd started abusing him.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveInsults and abuseTreating people or animals badly
abuser noun [C]
(Definition of abuse verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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