to use wrongly or improperly; misuse:
to abuse one’s authority.
to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way:
to abuse a horse; to abuse one’s eyesight.
to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about; revile; malign.
to commit sexual assault upon.
Obsolete. to deceive or mislead.
wrong or improper use; misuse:
the abuse of privileges.
harshly or coarsely insulting language:
The officer heaped abuse on his men.
bad or improper treatment; maltreatment:
The child was subjected to cruel abuse.
a corrupt or improper practice or custom:
the abuses of a totalitarian regime.
rape or sexual assault.
abuse oneself, to masturbate.
verb (transitive) (əˈbjuːz)
to use incorrectly or improperly; misuse
to maltreat, esp physically or sexually
to speak insultingly or cruelly to; revile
(reflexive) to masturbate
improper, incorrect, or excessive use; misuse
maltreatment of a person; injury
insulting, contemptuous, or coarse speech
an evil, unjust, or corrupt practice
See child abuse
(archaic) a deception
early 15c., “to misuse, misapply,” from Middle French abuser, from Vulgar Latin *abusare, from Latin abusus “an abusing, using up,” past participle of abuti “use up,” also “misuse,” from ab- “away” (see ab-) + uti “use” (see use). Of sexual situations from early 15c., but originally incest, homosexuality, prostitution, etc.; meaning “to misuse sexually, ravish” is from 1550s. Specifically of drugs, from 1968. Related: Abused; abusing.
mid-15c., “improper practice,” from Old French abus (14c.), from Latin abusus (see abuse (v.)). Earlier in Middle English was abusion “wicked act or practice, shameful thing, violation of decency” (early 14c.), “an insult” (mid-14c.).
abuse a·buse (ə-byōōz’)
v. a·bused, a·bus·ing, a·bus·es
To use wrongly or improperly; misuse.
To hurt or injure physically by maltreatment.
To assail with contemptuous, coarse, or insulting words; revile.
Improper use or handling, as of a drug; misuse.
Physical maltreatment, as of a spouse or child.
Insulting or coarse language.
the management of any office, business, or organization; direction. the function of a political state in exercising its governmental duties. the duty or duties of an in exercising the executive functions of the position. the management by an of such duties. a body of , especially in government. (often initial capital letter) the executive branch […]
uniting, as glue; causing adhesion. an agglutinating agent. Historical Examples The clay acts as an agglutinant, and the straw as a reinforcement. Cottage Building in Cob, Pis, Chalk and Clay Clough Williams-Ellis agglutinant ag·glu·ti·nant (ə-glōōt’n-ənt) n. A substance that holds parts together or causes agglutination.
effective in retarding the effects of aging: Chemists hope to produce an antiaging drug.
the act or process of uniting by glue or other tenacious substance. the state of being thus united; adhesion of parts. that which is united; a mass or group cemented together. Immunology. the clumping of bacteria, red blood cells, or other cells, due to the introduction of an antibody. Linguistics. a process of word formation […]