UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations noun: /əˈbjuːs/, verb: /əˈbjuːz/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/v. əˈbyuz; n. əˈbyus/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(v. ə byo̅o̅z; n. ə byo̅o̅s)

Inflections of 'abuse' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. [the priest, a relative, a stranger] abused him
  2. was abused by [the priest]
  3. abused her [over the phone, by email, through messages]
  4. abused his [position, power, office, authority]
  5. abused her [trust, faith, innocence]
  6. abused his [friend, coworker]
  7. abused and [neglected, abandoned, raped, exploited, assaulted]
  8. abused in [childhood, adolescence]
  9. abused throughout (his) [childhood] (by)
  10. abused for [political power, self gain]
  11. abused for [sex, sexual pleasure]
  12. abused to [allow, make, execute, protect, gain]
  13. abused at [home, work, school]
  14. [physically, mentally, emotionally, sexually, systematically] abused
  15. [children, women, workers] are abused
  16. abused its [discretion, monopoly, power]
  17. abuse [drugs, alcohol, authority]
  18. [accused, guilty] of abusing the [system, privilege, service]
  19. abuse your [body, health, eyesight]
  20. abuse yourself
  21. use and abuse
  22. use it, don't abuse it
  1. [alcohol, substance, drug] abuse
  2. [child, animal, elder] abuse
  3. [sex, child, physical, verbal, sexual, domestic, spousal, emotional] abuse
  4. allegations of [sex] abuse
  5. [suspected, alleged] abuse
  6. [unwarranted, unexpected, unavoidable, unintentional] abuse
  7. [possible, potential, probably] abuse (of)
  8. [prevent, avoid, prolong] the abuse (of)
  9. [suffered, experienced, withstood] abuse
  10. [suffered] abuse [as a child, in childhood]
  11. [suffer] [substantial, excessive, a lot of] abuse
  12. the [car, part, machine] can take [substantial] abuse
  13. [considered, thought] to be abuse
  14. [constitutes, was] an abuse (of)
  15. the abuse of [power, children, natural resources]
  16. the abuse of [drugs, alcohol]
  17. abuse in [Iraq, Washington]
  18. abuse in the [workplace, office]
  19. abuse at [home, school]
  20. abuse and [neglect, addiction]
  21. [suspected, accused] of (possible) abuse
  22. a [system, habit] of abuse
n as adj
  1. abuse [prevention, treatment, hotline]
  2. abuse [violations, citations]
  3. [sex, child, sexual, domestic, spousal] abuse victims
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