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Definitions of waste

  1. spend extravagantly; " waste not, want not"
  2. located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; " a desert island"; " a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; " a wild stretch of land"; " waste places"
  3. devastate or ravage; " The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
  4. 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"
  5. cause to grow thin or weak; " The treatment emaciated him"
  6. lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; " After her husband died, she just pined away"
  7. ( law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
  8. waste away; " Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
  9. run off as waste; " The water wastes back into the ocean"
  10. use inefficiently or inappropriately; " waste heat"; " waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
  11. get rid of ( someone who may be a threat) by killing; " The mafia liquidated the informer"; " the double agent was neutralized"
  12. get rid of; " We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
  13. Material derived by mechanical and chemical erosion from the land, carried by streams to the sea.
  14. Desolate; devastated; stripped; bare; hence, dreary; dismal; gloomy; cheerless.
  15. Lying unused; unproductive; worthless; valueless; refuse; rejected; as, waste land; waste paper.
  16. Lost for want of occupiers or use; superfluous.
  17. To bring to ruin; to devastate; to desolate; to destroy.
  18. To wear away by degrees; to impair gradually; to diminish by constant loss; to use up; to consume; to spend; to wear out.
  19. To spend unnecessarily or carelessly; to employ prodigally; to expend without valuable result; to apply to useless purposes; to lavish vainly; to squander; to cause to be lost; to destroy by scattering or injury.
  20. To damage, impair, or injure, as an estate, voluntarily, or by suffering the buildings, fences, etc., to go to decay.
  21. To be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like, gradually; to be consumed; to dwindle; to grow less.
  22. The act of wasting, or the state of being wasted; a squandering; needless destruction; useless consumption or expenditure; devastation; loss without equivalent gain; gradual loss or decrease, by use, wear, or decay; as, a waste of property, time, labor, words, etc.
  23. That which is wasted or desolate; a devastated, uncultivated, or wild country; a deserted region; an unoccupied or unemployed space; a dreary void; a desert; a wilderness.
  24. That which is of no value; worthless remnants; refuse. Specifically: Remnants of cops, or other refuse resulting from the working of cotton, wool, hemp, and the like, used for wiping machinery, absorbing oil in the axle boxes of railway cars, etc.
  25. Spoil, destruction, or injury, done to houses, woods, fences, lands, etc., by a tenant for life or for years, to the prejudice of the heir, or of him in reversion or remainder.
  26. Old or abandoned workings, whether left as vacant space or filled with refuse.
  27. To procure or sustain a reduction of flesh; - said of a jockey in preparation for a race, etc.
  28. To lay in ruins; to destroy; to wear away gradually; to spend or use recklessly.
  29. To lose bulk value, or strength.
  30. Lying unused; desolate; dreary; desert; unproductive; worthless.
  31. The act of spending carelessly; that which is unused; the state of being unused, squandered, etc.; something thrown aside in a manufacturing process; as, cotton waste; refuse; a desert.
  32. Wastefully.
  33. Wastefulness.
  34. Empty, desert: desolate: stripped: lying unused: unproductive.
  35. To lay waste or make desolate: to destroy: to wear out gradually: to squander: to diminish: to impair.
  36. To be diminished: to dwindle: to be consumed.
  37. Act of wasting: useless expenditure: loss: destruction: that which is wasted or waste: uncultivated country: desert: refuse.
  38. Act of wasting; anything wasted; loss; diminution; uncultivated land; desert; refuse.
  39. Desert; desolate; unproductive; unused; valueless.
  40. To be diminished.
  41. To lay waste; desolate; destory; wear away; squauder; impair.
  42. Refuse.
  43. To expend thoughtlessly or idly; squander.
  44. Worthless; useless; refuse.
  45. Unproductive; desert; made desolate.
  46. The act of wasting or squandering.
  47. A continuous diminishing or failing; wasting; decline.
  48. A wilderness; desert.
  49. Wasteful.
  50. Destroyed; ruined; desolate; uncultivated; destitute; stripped; superfiuous; worthless; of no value; untilled. Laid waste, desolated; ruined.
  51. To diminish by gradual dissipation or loss; to scatter and destroy; to squander; to cause to be lost through wantonness or negligence; to destroy in enmity; to desolate; to destroy by violence: to impair strength gradually; to wear out; to spend; to consume; to damage, impair or injure, as an estate, by suffering the buildings, fences, & c., to go to decay; to exhaust.
  52. To lose bulk or substance gradually; to be diminished or lost by slow dissipation, consumption or evaporation.
  53. The act of squandering; dissipation of property through wantonness, ambition, extravagance, luxury, or negligence; useless expenditure; prodigality or dissipation; a desolate or uncultivated country; land untilled, though capable of tillage; region ruined and deserted; mischief; destruction; spoil, destruction or injury done to houses, woods, & c., to the prejudice of the heir.
  54. To destroy or expend wantonly or unnecessarily; to squander; to throw away; to wear out; to consume; to damage or injure; to lose bulk or substance gradually; to be consumed or dissipated.
  55. Ruined; destroyed; uncultivated; rejected, or used for inferior purposes; that of which no account is taken.
  56. Land untilled; a region ruined, deserted, or desolate; a space unoccupied; the act of squandering; that which is rejected; refuse cotton or silk; useless expense; among miners, the old neglected workings of a coalmine.
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Usage examples for waste

  1. " Waste not, want not," said Ben to himself. – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  2. We don't need to waste any more time. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  3. In a few minutes I will be gone- I will not have you waste a dream on me. – The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story by Various
  4. Be sure I shall waste no time. – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  5. There, I can't waste any more time with you. – Good Luck by L. T. Meade
  6. Don't let us waste time, then. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  7. Do not waste a minute. – Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew
  8. You'd better write them down, though,- you musn't waste them! – God's Good Man by Marie Corelli
  9. So I'm not going to waste time about it. – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  10. Far away lies the world, sunk in a depth profound waste and lonely is its place. – Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance. by Friedrich von Hardenberg
  11. There's no need to waste time talking about it. – The Cook's Wedding and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  12. Really you waste a great deal of breath, the captain said. – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle
  13. But come, we mustn't waste any more time. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  14. Why did you make me, and then waste me like this? – Marriage by H. G. Wells
  15. You are too good to waste any pity on me! – The Other Side of the Door by Lucia Chamberlain
  16. My dear father, why waste your time and mine? – The Scarlet Feather by Houghton Townley
  17. Oh, dear, dear, why will you waste our time? – Good Luck by L. T. Meade
  18. But Doctor Locke had no time now to waste. – The Master Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
  19. We can't waste a good man." – The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories Strength of Gideon; Mammy Peggy's Pride; Viney's Free Papers; The Fruitful Sleeping of The Rev. Elisha Edwards; The Ingrate; The Case of 'Ca'line'; The Finish of Patsy Barnes; One Man's Fortunes; Jim's Probation; U by Paul Laurence Dunbar
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