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Adjective: misused  mis'yoozd
  1. Used incorrectly or carelessly or for an improper purpose
    "misused words are often laughable but one weeps for misused talents"
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

See also: abused, exploited, ill-used, put-upon, used, victimised [Brit], victimized

Type of: apply, employ, expend, use, utilise [Brit], utilize

Antonym: used

Encyclopedia: Misuse