Meaning of misuse

mis•use

Pronunciation: (n.mis-ys'v.mis-yz'), [key]
— n., v., -used, -us•ing.
—n.
  1. wrong or improper use; misapplication.
  2. bad or abusive treatment.
—v.t.
  1. to use wrongly or improperly; misapply.
  2. to treat badly or abusively; maltreat.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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