misuse

  • 1 misuse — mis‧use [ˌmɪsˈjuːs] noun [countable, uncountable] LAW the dishonest or wrong use of something: • a misuse of public funds misuse [mɪsˈjuːz] verb [transitive] : • A Florida businessman was arrested for misusing company funds. * * * …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 misuse — I noun abuse, degradation, erroneous use, ill treatment, ill usage, ill use, improper usage, improper use, incorrect usage, incorrect use, maladministration, malpractice, maltreatment, misapplication, misappropriation, misemployment, mishandling …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Misuse — Mis*use (m[i^]s*[=u]s ), n. 1. Wrong use; misapplication; erroneous or improper use. [1913 Webster] Words little suspected for any such misuse. Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. Violence, or its effects. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Misuse — Mis*use (m[i^]s*[=u]z ), v. t. [F. m[ e]suser. See {Mis }, prefix from French, and {Use}.] 1. To treat or use improperly; to use to a bad purpose; to misapply; as, to misuse one s talents. South. [1913 Webster] The sweet poison of misused wine.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 misuse — [n] abuse; wrong application abusage, barbarism, catachresis, corruption, cruel treatment, desecration, dissipation, exploitation, harm, ill treatment, injury, malapropism, maltreatment, misapplication, misemployment, mistreatment, misusage,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 misuse — vb *abuse, mistreat, maltreat, ill treat, outrage Analogous words: hurt, *injure, harm, damage, impair, mar, spoil: pervert, *debase, corrupt Antonyms: respect Contrasted words: esteem, regard (see under REGARD n): cherish, treasure, prize,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 misuse — ► VERB 1) use wrongly. 2) treat badly or unfairly. ► NOUN ▪ the action of misusing something …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 misuse — [mis yo͞oz′; ] for n. [, mis yo͞os′, mis′yo͞os΄] vt. misused, misusing 1. to use incorrectly or improperly; misapply 2. to treat badly or harshly; abuse n. 1. incorrect or improper use 2. Obs. bad or harsh treatment …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 misuse — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ alleged, possible ▪ deliberate ▪ gross, serious ▪ criminal (AmE) ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 Misuse — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Misuse >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 misuse misuse misusage misemployment misapplication misappropriation GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 abuse abuse profanation prostitution desecration Sgm: N 2 waste …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11 misuse — mis|use1 [ˌmısˈju:z] v [T] 1.) to use something for the wrong purpose, or in the wrong way, often with harmful results ▪ Even harmless drugs can be misused. ▪ The term schizophrenia is often misused. ▪ There is concern that the judges might… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 misuse — I UK [mɪsˈjuːs] / US [mɪsˈjus] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms misuse : singular misuse plural misuses the use of something in the wrong way or for the wrong purpose laws to prevent computer misuse misuse of: It was a clear misuse of the… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 misuse — mis|use1 [ mıs jus ] noun count or uncount the use of something in the wrong way or for the wrong purpose: laws to prevent computer misuse misuse of: It was a clear misuse of the word. misuse mis|use 2 [ mıs juz ] verb transitive to use something …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 misuse — misuses, misusing, misused (The noun is pronounced [[t]mɪ̱sju͟ːs[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]mɪ̱sju͟ːz[/t]].) 1) N VAR: usu with supp, oft N of n The misuse of something is incorrect, careless, or dishonest use of it. ...the misuse of power… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 misuse — {{11}}misuse (n.) late 14c., from MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + USE (Cf. use) (n.). It aligns with the older sense of the verb misuse. {{12}}misuse (v.) late 14c., to use improperly; see MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + USE (Cf. use) (v.). Meaning to subject t …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 16 misuse — 1 verb (T) 1 to use something in the wrong way or for the wrong purpose: The term schizophrenia is often misused. 2 to treat someone badly or unfairly 2 noun (C, U) the use of something in the wrong way or for the wrong purpose: A system designed …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 misuse — 1. verb 1) misusing public funds Syn: put to wrong use, misemploy, embezzle, use fraudulently; abuse, squander, waste 2) she had been misused by her husband See mistreat 2. noun 1) a misuse of company assets …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 misuse — [mɪsˈjuːs] noun [C/U] the use of something in the wrong way or for the wrong purpose a misuse of government money[/ex] misuse [mɪsˈjuːz] verb [T] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 misuse — mis•use n. [[t]mɪsˈyus[/t]] v. [[t] ˈyuz[/t]] n. v. used, us•ing 1) wrong or improper use; misapplication 2) to use incorrectly or improperly: to misuse a word[/ex] 3) to treat badly or abusively; mistreat: to misuse a friend[/ex] mis•us′er, n.… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 misuse —    to copulate with outside marriage    Literally, to treat wrongly:     Did you ever misuse my Sophie... did you ever have her? (Keneally, 1979)    See also use1 …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms