Definitions of waste:
  • noun:   useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly
    Example: "If the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"
  • noun:   (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
  • noun:   any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted
    Example: "They collect the waste once a week"
  • noun:   the trait of wasting resources
    Example: "A life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"
  • noun:   an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation
    Example: "The trackless wastes of the desert"
  • verb:   run off as waste
    Example: "The water wastes back into the ocean"
  • verb:   get rid of
    Example: "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
  • verb:   spend thoughtlessly; throw away
    Example: "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"
  • verb:   cause to grow thin or weak
  • verb:   waste away
  • verb:   use inefficiently or inappropriately
    Example: "Waste heat"
  • verb:   devastate or ravage
    Example: "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
  • verb:   lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
  • verb:   spend extravagantly
    Example: "Waste not, want not"
  • verb:   get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing
  • adjective:   located in a dismal or remote area; desolate
    Example: "Waste places"
  • adjective:   disposed of as useless
    Example: "Waste paper"

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