- Any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted.
- usage: "they collect the waste once a week"; "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
- Useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly.
- usage: "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
- The trait of wasting resources.
- usage: "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"; "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"
- An uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation.
- usage: "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"
- Law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect.
- synonyms: permissive waste
- Spend thoughtlessly; throw away.
- usage: "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
- Use inefficiently or inappropriately.
- usage: "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
- Get rid of.
- usage: "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
- Run off as waste.
- usage: "The water wastes back into the ocean"
- synonyms: run off
- Get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing.
- usage: "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized"
- Spend extravagantly.
- usage: "waste not, want not"
- Lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief.
- usage: "After her husband died, she just pined away"
- Cause to grow thin or weak.
- usage: "The treatment emaciated him"
- Cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly.
- usage: "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
- Become physically weaker.
- usage: "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
- synonyms: rot
WordNet 3.0 © 2006 by Princeton University
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