Definition of 'misuse'
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Example sentences containing 'misuse'
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Privacy groups have called for measures to tackle misuse of the vast quantities of sensitive data. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This misuse of public money is not a new travesty. The Sun (2016)The West has promised to give them technical help to tackle misuse of the drugs. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The compensation has provoked claims of misusing public funds and demeaning the value of a disabled person's life. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The powers had been misused but we need more stop and search. The Sun (2008)But we still man the barricades against misuse of the language as robustly as we can. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Such cases usually involve allegations of the misuse of confidential information. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The misuse of money blocks more ministry in the local church than any other single cause. Christianity Today (2000)He will also be concerned at the extent of drug misuse. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But our mistrust of language is only our misuse of language. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Outside investors also have a habit of complaining when they perceive their money is being misused. Times, Sunday Times (2011)It is unlikely that many employers would treat a first misuse as gross misconduct unless the action was justifiable. Times, Sunday Times (2007)He is the focus of probes into alleged misuse of a government credit card and importing explosive devices without a permit. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It concluded that youngsters' addiction to phones is similar to compulsive credit card misuse. The Sun (2012)Misuse of alcohol and drugs are key factors behind offending by veterans and a high proportion of crimes are linked to domestic violence. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The current points system isn't enough and is open to gross misuse. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Worse, those who are better informed are clearly misusing information for their own purposes. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Rather, it is that the process of government was misused. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The association said that the Services should do more to tackle alcohol misuse as well as provide programmes to deal with domestic violence. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Synonyms of 'misuse'
misapplication, abuse, illegal use, wrong use
misapplication, solecism, malapropism, catachresis
Trends of 'misuse'
In Common Usage. misuse is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'misuse'
British English: misuse NOUN
The misuse of something is incorrect, careless, or dishonest use of it.
...the misuse of power and privilege.
British English: misuse VERB
If someone misuses something, they use it incorrectly, carelessly, or dishonestly.
You are protected instantly if a thief misuses your credit card.
Definition of misuse from the Collins English Dictionary
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