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misuseverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌmɪsˈjuːz/
C1 to use something in an unsuitable way or in a way that was not intended: She was accused of misusing company funds.

misusenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˌmɪsˈjuːs/
C1 an occasion when something is used in an unsuitable way or in a way that was not intended: This new computer system is completely unnecessary and a misuse of taxpayers' money. the misuse of power/drugs
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