AskDefine | Define misuse

Dictionary Definition

misuse n : improper or excessive use [syn: abuse]

Verb

1 apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly; "The words are misapplied in this context"; "You are misapplying the name of this religious group" [syn: misapply]
2 change the inherent purpose or function of something; "Don't abuse the system"; "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers" [syn: pervert, abuse]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation 1

  • /mɪsˈjuːs/

Noun

  1. An incorrect, improper or unlawful use of something.
Translations
incorrect, improper or unlawful use

Pronunciation 2

  • /mɪsˈjuːz/

Verb

  1. To use something incorrectly
  2. To abuse or mistreat something or someone
Translations
to use something incorrectly
to abuse or mistreat something or someone

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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