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Verb
(somewhat rare) Bringing harm or injury to
Verb
Exploiting someone for one's personal gain
“It is advised that you do not abuse your customers' trust by sending them unsolicited promotional material.”
Verb
Present participle for to treat with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly
“Jockeys get suspended if they abuse their horses over here.”
Verb
Present participle for to treat in a manner that violates someone's decency
“He was caught on camera trying to abuse her in broad daylight!”
Verb
Present participle for to verbally criticize harshly, especially with insulting language
“Gordon was a man with a bad temper who would regularly abuse his staff.”
Verb
Present participle for to apply improperly or incorrectly in an almost obscene way
“Those who are of corrupt character are likely to abuse any power afforded to them.”
Verb
(of a quantity of something) Present participle for to apply improperly or incorrectly in an almost obscene way
“He would abuse the funds allocated to him by spending it on costly, yet frivolous, items.”
Verb
Present participle for to misuse a device or machine by pushing it to, or over, its limits
“Do not abuse the washing machine by overloading it past its capacity.”
Noun
Insulting
Adjective
Drug abuser
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