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. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To abuse; to treat ill. [1913 Webster]

O, she misused me past the endurance of a block. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To maltreat; abuse; misemploy; misapply. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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