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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [verb uh-byooz; noun uh-byoos]
    • /verb əˈbyuz; noun əˈbyus/
    • /əˈbjuːz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [verb uh-byooz; noun uh-byoos]
    • /verb əˈbyuz; noun əˈbyus/

Definitions of abusing word

  • verb with object abusing to use wrongly or improperly; misuse: to abuse one's authority. 1
  • verb with object abusing to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way: to abuse a horse; to abuse one's eyesight. 1
  • verb with object abusing to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about; revile; malign. 1
  • verb with object abusing to commit sexual assault upon. 1
  • verb with object abusing Obsolete. to deceive or mislead. 1
  • noun abusing wrong or improper use; misuse: the abuse of privileges. 1

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Origin of abusing

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; (v.) late Middle English abusen < Middle French abuser, verbal derivative of abus < Latin abūsus misuse, wasting, equivalent to abūt(ī) to use up, misuse (ab- ab- + ūtī to use) + -tus suffix of v. action; (noun) late Middle English abus < Middle French abus or Latin abūsus

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Parts of speech for Abusing


abusing popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

abusing usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abusing

adjective abusing

  • addicted — Someone who is addicted to a harmful drug cannot stop taking it.
  • hooked — bent like a hook; hook-shaped.

noun abusing

  • name-calling — the use of abusive names to belittle or humiliate another person in a political campaign, an argument, etc.

Antonyms for abusing

noun abusing

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