Definition of misuse in English:

misuse

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
Pronunciation: /mɪsˈjuːz/
  • 1 Use (something) in the wrong way or for the wrong purpose:

    ‘he was found guilty of misusing public funds’
    • ‘Other people misuse this car park when they want to use the cash dispenser.’
    • ‘The mobile phone is an important landmark in the field of communication, but it is often misused by the people.’
    • ‘I was under the impression that there was a mandatory prison sentence for anybody misusing a firearm, replica or otherwise, in a public place.’
    • ‘The new laws, detailed below, mean police have new powers to get tough on people misusing fireworks at Bonfire Night celebrations this weekend.’
    • ‘In actuality, the problem is not the weapons themselves but the people who misuse them.’
    • ‘I didn't know it was illegal to misuse someone's social security number or other people's info.’
    • ‘People misuse the categories of interventionism and isolationism.’
    • ‘The one target the trust failed on was not helping enough people through its drugs misuse treatment programme.’
    • ‘One of the problems in the current subsidy system is that large amounts of subsidised products are misused or wasted.’
    • ‘They are as often as not people who misuse drugs and then get trapped in a cycle of stealing, drug taking and prison.’
    • ‘Most of us know people who misuse their credit cards through holiday spending sprees or random acts of profligacy.’
    • ‘In my humble opinion, to use them is not wrong, but to misuse them is.’
    • ‘Often people misusing drugs and alcohol haven't got their lives in order and the not prepared or motivated to travel to get treatment.’
    • ‘It is not in the driftnet fishermen's interest to exploit or misuse our oceans resources.’
    • ‘And most of these people had been misusing alcohol for 30 to 40 years.’
    • ‘If people misuse the data I posted, I'm sorry, in the sense that I wish they didn't do that.’
    • ‘Corruption allegations that she had misused public funds came next.’
    • ‘Not only do they take them for commercial purposes, but they misuse them entirely.’
    • ‘It was irresponsible people who often misused such powers and knowledge for their own interests and to harm their enemies, he said.’
    • ‘The problems with people misusing fireworks are hitting the local headlines on an almost daily basis.’
    put to wrong use, misapply, misemploy, embezzle, use fraudulently
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    1. 1.1 Treat (someone or something) badly or unfairly:
      ‘we felt that we had been deceived and misused’
      • ‘Our sense was that some people were misusing them and we felt that put our children and other users at risk and that's why we've decided to close it down.’
      • ‘She was the first one of his many masters that had not beaten or misused him.’
      • ‘‘There is a group of guards that have been, well, misusing me,’ she said, looking down.’
      ill-treat, maltreat, mistreat, abuse, ill-use, treat badly, handle roughly, treat roughly, knock about, knock around, hit, beat, strike, mishandle, manhandle, maul, molest, injure, harm, hurt, bully, persecute
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noun

Pronunciation: /mɪsˈjuːs/
  • [mass noun] The wrong or improper use of something:

    ‘drugs of such potency that their misuse can have dire consequences’
    [count noun] ‘a misuse of power’
    • ‘It also claims damages for unlawful interference, breach of European competition rules, breach of contract and misuse of confidential information.’
    • ‘It is the abuse and misuse of any power, any position, public or private, for the gain that it is not authorized for.’
    • ‘Exercise of public power has to be coupled with accountability; otherwise, it would lead to misuse of power.’
    • ‘His government embarked on a campaign of harassment and intimidation against those members of the press who questioned his misuse of power.’
    • ‘It is not the first time he has faced claims of misuse of power.’
    • ‘I think they should raise their voices against these misuse of administrative powers.’
    • ‘These checks and balances were created to prevent misuse of power.’
    • ‘Living under the rule of law is an important safeguard against misuse of power.’
    • ‘The main complaints were verbal abuse, misuse of power, being squeezed out of discussions and threatened with the sack.’
    • ‘There is, moreover, a close connection between claims based on misuse of powers and those based on proportionality.’
    • ‘However, it is not so wide as to encompass any misuse of power.’
    • ‘All the three cases, however, are glaring instances of misuse of power by the concerned agencies.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for us, we have only begun to witness the consequences of this ghastly misuse of unaccountable power.’
    • ‘This is just another misuse of power by an administration that continually guards its homeland security tactics.’
    • ‘In order to prove misuse of powers one has to establish the motive or intention of the institution exercising the power.’
    • ‘Women have similar stories to tell - of misuse of power and of their helplessness in situations where the harassment is short of violent assault or rape.’
    • ‘Scores of politicians are in jail facing charges of corruption and misuse of power.’
    • ‘Like nuclear weapons, these devices would be awesome in their power - and their misuse would be terrifying.’
    • ‘The Bill which the government is supporting, will provide powers to control their misuse.’
    • ‘Abuse is a gross and always inexcusable misuse of power.’
    wrong use, misemployment, embezzlement, fraud
    illegal use, wrong use, abuse, misapplication
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Pronunciation:

misuse

Verb/mɪsˈjuːz/

misuse

Noun/mɪsˈjuːs/