|1.||[ verb ] treat badly|
|Synonyms:||maltreat ill-treat ill-use step mistreat|
"This boss abuses his workers" "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
|Related terms:||treat kick_around maltreatment abuser|
|2.||[ verb ] change the inherent purpose or function of something|
"Don't abuse the system" "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"
|Related terms:||use fracture take_in_vain misuse|
|3.||[ noun ] cruel or inhumane treatment|
|Synonyms:||ill-treatment ill-usage maltreatment|
|Related terms:||mistreatment cruelty persecution child_abuse child_neglect mistreat|
|4.||[ verb ] use foul or abusive language towards|
|Synonyms:||blackguard shout clapperclaw|
"The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket" "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"
|Related terms:||attack curse vilify slang|
|5.||[ noun ] a rude expression intended to offend or hurt|
|Synonyms:||insult vilification contumely revilement|
"when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse" "they yelled insults at the visiting team"
|Related terms:||disrespect vituperation stinger low_blow scurrility vilify|
|6.||[ noun ] improper or excessive use|
|Related terms:||use habit pervert|