Synonyms for misuse

Synonyms for (noun) misuse

Synonyms: abuse, misuse

Definition: improper or excessive use

Usage: alcohol abuse; the abuse of public funds

Similar words: usage, use, utilisation, utilization, employment, exercise

Definition: the act of using

Usage: he warned against the use of narcotic drugs; skilled in the utilization of computers

Synonyms for (verb) misuse

Synonyms: abuse, misuse, pervert

Definition: change the inherent purpose or function of something

Usage: Don't abuse the system; The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers

Similar words: expend, use

Definition: use up, consume fully

Usage: The legislature expended its time on school questions

Synonyms: misapply, misuse

Definition: apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly

Usage: The words are misapplied in this context; You are misapplying the name of this religious group

Similar words: use, utilise, utilize, employ, apply

Definition: put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

Usage: use your head!; we only use Spanish at home; I can't use this tool; Apply a magnetic field here; This thinking was applied to many projects; How do you utilize this tool?; I apply this rule to get good results; use the plastic bags to store the food; He doesn't know how to use a computer

Visual thesaurus for misuse