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Meaning & Definition of Waste in English

English

Waste

/west/

noun

1. Any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted

  • "They collect the waste once a week"
  • "Much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
    synonym:
  • waste
  • ,
  • waste material
  • ,
  • waste matter
  • ,
  • waste product

2. Useless or profitless activity

  • Using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly
  • "If the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"
  • "Mindless dissipation of natural resources"
    synonym:
  • waste
  • ,
  • wastefulness
  • ,
  • dissipation

3. The trait of wasting resources

  • "A life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"
  • "The wastefulness of missed opportunities"
    synonym:
  • thriftlessness
  • ,
  • waste
  • ,
  • wastefulness

4. An uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

  • "The barrens of central africa"
  • "The trackless wastes of the desert"
    synonym:
  • barren
  • ,
  • waste
  • ,
  • wasteland

5. (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect

    synonym:
  • waste
  • ,
  • permissive waste

verb

1. Spend thoughtlessly

  • Throw away
  • "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"
  • "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
    synonym:
  • waste
  • ,
  • blow
  • ,
  • squander

2. Use inefficiently or inappropriately

  • "Waste heat"
  • "Waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
    synonym:
  • waste

3. Get rid of

  • "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
    synonym:
  • waste

4. Run off as waste

  • "The water wastes back into the ocean"
    synonym:
  • waste
  • ,
  • run off

5. Get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing

  • "The mafia liquidated the informer"
  • "The double agent was neutralized"
    synonym:
  • neutralize
  • ,
  • neutralise
  • ,
  • liquidate
  • ,
  • waste
  • ,
  • knock off
  • ,
  • do in

6. Spend extravagantly

  • "Waste not, want not"
    synonym:
  • consume
  • ,
  • squander
  • ,
  • waste
  • ,
  • ware

7. Lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

  • "After her husband died, she just pined away"
    synonym:
  • pine away
  • ,
  • waste
  • ,
  • languish

8. Cause to grow thin or weak

  • "The treatment emaciated him"
    synonym:
  • waste
  • ,
  • emaciate
  • ,
  • macerate

9. Cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

  • "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
    synonym:
  • lay waste to
  • ,
  • waste
  • ,
  • devastate
  • ,
  • desolate
  • ,
  • ravage
  • ,
  • scourge

10. Become physically weaker

  • "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
    synonym:
  • waste
  • ,
  • rot

adjective

1. Located in a dismal or remote area

  • Desolate
  • "A desert island"
  • "A godforsaken wilderness crossroads"
  • "A wild stretch of land"
  • "Waste places"
    synonym:
  • godforsaken
  • ,
  • waste
  • ,
  • wild

Examples of using

I'm afraid that my efforts to help her are just a waste of time.
I won't waste my time.
That meeting was a waste of time.