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{h,1}abuse ə-byüz vt abused abusing 1
:to put to a use other than the one intended: as
a
:to put to a bad or unfair use abusing the powers of office
b
:to put to improper or excessive use ⁓ narcotics
2 a
:to inflict physical or emotional mistreatment or injury on (as one's child) purposely or through negligence or neglect and often on a regular basis
b
:to engage in sexual activity with (a child under an age specified by statute)
3
:to attack harshly with words ⁓ a police officer ⁓ a debtor
abuser n