treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers", "She is always stepping on others to get ahead". Synonyms:abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, mistreat, step.
change the inherent purpose or function of something; "Don't abuse the system", "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers". Synonyms:abuse, misuse, pervert.
use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket", "The angry mother shouted at the teacher". Synonyms:abuse, blackguard, clapperclaw, shout.
use wrongly or improperly or excessively; "Her husband often abuses alcohol", "while she was pregnant, she abused drugs". Synonyms:abuse.
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