Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun misuse

1 sense of misuse

Sense 1
misuse, abuse -- (improper or excessive use; "alcohol abuse"; "the abuse of public funds")
       => use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise -- (the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb misuse

2 senses of misuse

Sense 1
misapply, misuse -- (apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly; "The words are misapplied in this context"; "You are misapplying the name of this religious group")
       => use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ -- (put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer")

Sense 2
pervert, misuse, abuse -- (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")
       => use, expend -- (use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions")

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