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tr.v. mis·used, mis·us·ing, mis·us·es
1. To use incorrectly.
2. To mistreat or abuse. See Synonyms at abuse.
n. (-yo͞os′)
Improper, unlawful, or incorrect use; misapplication.


1. 'disused'

A disused place or building is no longer used for its original purpose and is now empty.

The sculpture was stored in a disused lorry factory.
2. 'unused'

Something that is unused has never been used.

A pile of unused fuel lay nearby.
3. 'misused'

When something is misused, it is used in a wrong or careless way.

He wanted to prevent science from being misused.
In some cases pesticides are deliberately misused.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.misused - used incorrectly or carelessly or for an improper purposemisused - used incorrectly or carelessly or for an improper purpose; "misused words are often laughable but one weeps for misused talents"
used - employed in accomplishing something; "the principle of surprise is the most used and misused of all the principles of war"- H.H.Arnold & I.C.Eaker