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verb [transitive] abuse pronunciation in British English /əˈbjuːz/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyabuse
he/she/itabuses
present participleabusing
past tenseabused
past participleabused
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  1. 1
    to treat someone in a cruel or violent way
    Prisoners were regularly abused by their guards.
    1. a.
      to have sex with someone who is unable to refuse
      A high percentage of abusive parents were themselves abused as children.
  2. 2
    to use something in a bad, dishonest, or harmful way
    They were accused of abusing their power to keep prices artificially high.
    Those with access to private information must not abuse that trust.
  3. 3
    to speak to someone in an angry, offensive way
    He was fined £10,000 for verbally abusing the umpire.

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