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Definition of "misuse" []

  • Improper, unlawful, or incorrect use; misapplication. (noun)
  • To use incorrectly. (verb-transitive)
  • To mistreat or abuse. See Synonyms at abuse. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "misuse" in a sentence
  • "The front lawn of the Greene County Courthouse in Downtown Greeneville was filled with hundreds of citizens Thursday night, protesting what they describe as the misuse of federal tax dollars."
  • "My dyslexia prevents me from noticing a lot of my atrocious misspellings, not to mention the fact that sometimes, I just plain misuse words."
  • "The recent LUBA appeal on Urban Renewal misuse is a beginning."