abuse - definitions and synonyms

abuse verb

  1. English Meaning: 

    : treat badly

    Example Sentenses:

    • This boss abuses his workers

    • She is always stepping on others to get ahead

    Synonyms:

    ill-treat / ill-use / maltreat / mistreat / step
  2. English Meaning: 

    : change the inherent purpose or function of something

    Example Sentenses:

    • Don't abuse the system

    • The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers

    Synonyms:

    misuse / pervert
  3. English Meaning: 

    : use foul or abusive language towards

    Example Sentenses:

    • The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket

    • The angry mother shouted at the teacher

    Synonyms:

    blackguard / clapperclaw / shout
  4. English Meaning: 

    : use wrongly or improperly or excessively

    Example Sentenses:

    • Her husband often abuses alcohol

    • while she was pregnant, she abused drugs

abuse noun

  1. English Meaning: 

    : cruel or inhumane treatment

    Example Sentenses:

    • the child showed signs of physical abuse

  2. English Meaning: 

    : a rude expression intended to offend or hurt

    Example Sentenses:

    • when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse

    • they yelled insults at the visiting team

  3. English Meaning: 

    : improper or excessive use

    Example Sentenses:

    • alcohol abuse

    • the abuse of public funds

    Synonyms:

    misuse