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Overview of verb abuse

The verb abuse has 4 senses? (first 2 from tagged texts)
1. (3) mistreat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, step, ill-treat

(treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead")

2. (2) pervert, misuse, abuse

(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")

3. abuse, clapperclaw, blackguard, shout

(use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher")

4. abuse

(use wrongly or improperly or excessively; "Her husband often abuses alcohol"; "while she was pregnant, she abused drugs")

Overview of adj abused

The adj abused has 2 senses? (first 1 from tagged texts)
1. (1) abused

(used improperly or excessively especially drugs; "an abused substance")

2. abused, ill-treated, maltreated, mistreated

(subjected to cruel treatment; "an abused wife") © 2001-2013, Demand Media, all rights reserved. The database is based on Word Net a lexical database for the English language. see disclaimer
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