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waste meaning and definition

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WASTE noun

Definition of waste (noun)

  1. any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted
  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"
    • synonyms: dissipation, wastefulness
  3. the trait of wasting resources
    • "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"; "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"
    • synonyms: thriftlessness, wastefulness
  4. an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation
    • "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"
    • synonyms: barren, wasteland
  5. (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect

WASTE verb

Definition of waste (verb)

  1. spend thoughtlessly; throw away
    • "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
    • synonyms: blow, squander
    • antonym: conserve
  2. use inefficiently or inappropriately
    • "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
  3. get rid of
    • "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
  4. run off as waste
    • "The water wastes back into the ocean"
    • synonyms: run off
  5. get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing
  6. spend extravagantly
  7. lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
  8. cause to grow thin or weak
  9. cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
  10. become physically weaker
    • "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
    • synonyms: rot

WASTE adjective

Definition of waste (adjective)

  1. located in a dismal or remote area; desolate
    • "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places"
    • synonyms: godforsaken, wild
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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