Definition of wasteland in English:

wasteland

Line breaks: waste|land
Pronunciation: /ˈweɪs(t)land
 
, -lənd/

noun

[mass noun]
  • 1An unused area of land that has become barren or overgrown: we’d creep through a hole in the fence on this bit of wasteland and play games in the bushes
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    • It only comes out at the outskirts of the land where the barren wasteland ends and things begin to grow again.
    • The trip would comprise of roughly 750 km through the vast Mongolian prairies and the arid wastelands of the Gobi desert.
    • They were denuding the sheep pastures of grass, turning once successful ranches into wastelands and reducing wool production by half.
    Synonyms
    wilderness, desert, waste, barren land, dust bowl; wilds, badlands
  • 1.1 (also wastelands) A bleak and unused or neglected urban or industrial area: the restoration of industrial wasteland [count noun]: figurative the mid 70s are now seen as something of a cultural wasteland
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    • Government intervention ensures that intercity areas are well kept and that ethnic ghettos and industrial wastelands do not emerge.
    • Whether it's rusting machinery and industrial wastelands, or ivy-draped columns, ruins are undeniably romantic.
    • My favourite of these are the daffodils which appear everywhere from formal gardens to woodland paths to urban wastelands.

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