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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 )

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