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Verb: misuse  mis'yooz
  1. Apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly
    "The words are misused in this context";
    - misapply
     
  2. Change the inherent purpose or function of something
    "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers";
    - pervert, abuse
Noun: misuse  mis'yooz
  1. Improper or excessive use
    "alcohol misuse";
    - abuse

Derived forms: misusing, misuses, misused

Type of: apply, employ, employment, exercise, expend, usage, use, utilisation [Brit], utilise [Brit], utilization, utilize