Meaning of ABUSE in English

ABUSE

n.

Pronunciation: ə - ' byüz

Function: transitive verb

Inflected Form: abused ; abus · ing

Date: 15th century

1 a : to put to a wrong or improper use < abuse a privilege> b : to use excessively < abuse alcohol> also : to use without medical justification < abuse ing painkillers>

2 obsolete : DECEIVE

3 : to use so as to injure or damage : MALTREAT

4 : to attack in words : REVILE

– abus · able \ - ' byü-z ə -b ə l \ adjective

– abus · er noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.