Definitions of misuse:
  • noun:   improper or excessive use
  • verb:   apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly
  • verb:   change the inherent purpose or function of something
    Example: "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"

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