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wastage

Line breaks: wast¦age
Pronunciation: /ˈweɪstɪdʒ
 
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Definition of wastage in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The action or process of losing or destroying something by using it carelessly or extravagantly: the wastage of natural resources
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  • He noted that the problem the region had in the fisheries sector have been the non optimal utilisation of existing resources hence the need to address issues of quality control and wastage arising from inadequate processing facilities.
  • By getting the domestic consumer to pay an amount of money that is based on usage, there will be more awareness and less wastage of a valuable natural resource.
  • Doesn't an automated parking fee system do away with the wastage of destroying unsold coupons every two years, or ensure non-evasion of parking fees, or even eradicate littering in car parks?
1.1The amount of something that is wasted: wastage was cut by 50 per cent
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  • We want to get best value for taxpayers and cut wastage by up to 10 per cent by improving the way we spend money on services.
  • The houses and bungalows will be timber-framed and clad with UK-grown timbers, roofed with recycled slates and insulated with recycled newspaper while the plumbing system is designed to cut water wastage.
  • However, there is 10 per cent wastage on the flowers purchased.
2 (also natural wastage) British The reduction in the size of a workforce as a result of voluntary resignation or retirement rather than enforced redundancy: 120 staff were lost through natural wastage
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  • Tories say the job losses would be achieved through natural wastage and voluntary redundancies.
  • That will be delivered by natural wastage and voluntary redundancies.
  • It is hoped that the bulk of the cuts will be reached through natural wastage, voluntary redundancies and outsourcing of contracts for activities like cleaning and catering.
2.1The number of people leaving a job or further educational establishment before they have completed their training or education: the influence of academic ability on student wastage
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  • The union has been fully consulted from the outset and we have worked with them to ensure that voluntary redundancies and natural wastage has been maximised to the fullest.
  • There is bound to be some natural wastage as there is in any industry, but this area is still likely to retain one of the highest levels of employment in the country and possibly the world.
3The weakening or deterioration of a part of the body, typically as a result of illness or lack of use: the wastage of muscle tissue
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  • Danny has suffered a lot of muscle wastage throughout his illness, but there is no reason why he can't walk again.
  • The most common signs are muscle wastage, diarrhoea and respiratory distress in pigs aged between six and 14 weeks.
  • Used by astronauts to boost muscular performance in space and thus prevent muscle wastage, the trainer is now used by professional football players in Barcelona Football Club.

Words that rhyme with wastage

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