Meaning of ABUSE in English


1 noun

(a) using something wrongly

alcohol abuse or amphetamine abuse or drug abuse or solvent abuse = being mentally and physically dependent on regularly taking alcohol or amphetamines or drugs or inhaling solvents

(b) bad treatment of a person; child abuse or sexual abuse of children

(NOTE: no plural)

2 verb

(a) to use something wrongly; heroin and cocaine are commonly abused drugs

to abuse one's authority = to use one's powers in an illegal or harmful way

(b) to treat someone badly; he had sexually abused small children

English dictionary of medicine.      Английский словарь медицины.