n 1 : improper or excessive use or treatment <drug > - see SUBSTANCE ABUSE 2 : physical maltreatment: as a : the act of violating sexually : RAPE b under some statutes : rape or indecent assault not amounting to rape
vt, abused abus*ing 1 : to put to a wrong or improper use < drugs> 2 : to treat so as to injure or damage < a child> 3 a : MASTURBATE b : to subject to abuse and esp. to rape or indecent assault abus*able adj abus*er n
Similar sounding terms: abi·es abs
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