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ab - ūtor ūsus, ī, dep.,

to use up, consume, spend, exhaust: omni tempore: in prologis scribundis operam abutitur, uses up his time, T.—Esp., to make use of for a purpose, apply, turn to account: ignoratione tuā ad hominis miseri salutem. —Implying censure, to abuse, misapply, misuse: legibus ad quaestum: per turpitudinem (divitiis), S.: quousque tandem abutere patientiā nostrā, outrage: hac lenitate meā, presume upon.—Esp., of words, to misapply, force, C.

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