ALL meanings of abuse

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  • uncountable noun abuse Abuse of someone is cruel and violent treatment of them. 3
  • uncountable noun abuse Abuse is extremely rude and insulting things that people say when they are angry. 3
  • variable noun abuse Abuse of something is the use of it in a wrong way or for a bad purpose. 3
  • verb abuse If someone is abused, they are treated cruelly and violently. 3
  • verb abuse You can say that someone is abused if extremely rude and insulting things are said to them. 3
  • verb abuse If you abuse something, you use it in a wrong way or for a bad purpose. 3
  • verb abuse to use incorrectly or improperly; misuse 3
  • verb abuse to maltreat, esp physically or sexually 3
  • verb abuse to speak insultingly or cruelly to; revile 3
  • verb abuse to masturbate 3
  • noun abuse improper, incorrect, or excessive use; misuse 3
  • noun abuse maltreatment of a person; injury 3
  • noun abuse insulting, contemptuous, or coarse speech 3
  • noun abuse an evil, unjust, or corrupt practice 3
  • noun abuse a deception 3
  • verb transitive abuse to use wrongly; misuse 3
  • verb transitive abuse to hurt by treating badly; mistreat 3
  • verb transitive abuse to inflict physical, sexual, or psychological harm upon 3
  • verb transitive abuse to use insulting, coarse, or bad language about or to; revile 3
  • noun abuse wrong, bad, or excessive use 3
  • noun abuse mistreatment, esp. by the infliction of physical, sexual, or psychological harm; injury 3
  • noun abuse a bad, unjust, or corrupt custom or practice 3
  • noun abuse insulting or coarse language 3
  • noun abuse deception 3
  • noun abuse Use (something) to bad effect or for a bad purpose; misuse. 1
  • transitive verb abuse sb: treat badly 1
  • transitive verb abuse drugs, alcohol: take 1
  • transitive verb abuse sth: use wrongly 1
  • transitive verb abuse object, device: misuse 1
  • noun abuse insults 1
  • noun abuse sb: mistreatment 1
  • noun abuse sb: physical mistreatment 1
  • verb with object abuse to use wrongly or improperly; misuse: to abuse one's authority. 1
  • verb with object abuse to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way: to abuse a horse; to abuse one's eyesight. 1
  • verb with object abuse to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about; revile; malign. 1
  • verb with object abuse to commit sexual assault upon. 1
  • verb with object abuse Obsolete. to deceive or mislead. 1
  • noun abuse wrong or improper use; misuse: the abuse of privileges. 1
  • noun abuse harshly or coarsely insulting language: The officer heaped abuse on his men. 1
  • noun abuse bad or improper treatment; maltreatment: The child was subjected to cruel abuse. 1
  • noun abuse a corrupt or improper practice or custom: the abuses of a totalitarian regime. 1
  • noun abuse rape or sexual assault. 1
  • noun abuse Obsolete. deception. 1
  • idioms abuse abuse oneself, to masturbate. 1
  • noun abuse Improper treatment or usage; application to a wrong or bad purpose; an unjust, corrupt or wrongful practice or custom. 0
  • noun abuse Misuse; improper use; perversion. 0
  • noun abuse (Obsolete (No longer in use)) A delusion; an imposture; misrepresentation; deception. 0
  • noun abuse Coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; language that unjustly or angrily vilifies. 0
  • noun abuse (now rare)   Catachresis. 0
  • noun abuse Physical maltreatment; injury; cruel treatment. 0
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