What is the meaning of waste?


  • 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.


  • 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"
  • 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"


  • Located in a dismal or remote area; desolate.
    • usage: "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places"
|7 years ago|1.9k views|share |citing 
APAWordNet. (2010). waste. Retrieved August 20, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/waste/definitions/1188065
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "waste" http://smartdefine.org/waste/definitions/1188065 (accessed August 20, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, waste, Smart Define, viewed 20 August, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/waste/definitions/1188065>.
MLAWordNet. "waste" 23 October 2010. Web. 20 August 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/waste/definitions/1188065>
{ class="autoclick" }next definition (/)