Definition of waste in English:
- In the latter case the holding of the meeting would have served no useful purpose and would merely waste the available assets of the bankrupt's estate.
- Electricity from excess illumination wastes an enormous amount of energy needlessly.
- Here he argued that Russians themselves did not want to make peace with Napoleon, and consequently Britain had no purpose in wasting its gold to invoke mutual hatred.
- Even when manners are wasted on the recipient, it is important to present the example of civilized behavior.
- She spares her children - an act of generosity that is wasted on them.
- I'm not a bad loser, it's more that I think the sensation of losing is wasted on me, whereas it's quite good for their development for them to feel it.
- There was no way I could stand another year in Andrews in my pathetic job which wasted my talents.
- He really is one of those guys who is wasted at his current job.
- He is likewise wasted as a curly-haired dad whose sole job seems to be hugging his daughter.
- For people wasting away from the side effects of chemotherapy, this could be a small bit of very good news, indeed.
- He very convincingly portrayed a man struggling against a disease that meant he was wasting away in order to get something of extreme importance done.
- He saw people being murdered and people wasting away.
- Each of you wasted a person who was infinitely more talented than you, and for what?
- But now the military's fresh faces can get a bit of the comforts of home - by wasting their pals in an online game.
- But nobody ever pulls out a grenade launcher and wastes the guy with the battle ax.
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- They were taught how to make useful products out of waste paper, at a training programme held recently.
- The lungs also contribute to this process by eliminating carbon dioxide which is the waste byproduct of glucose and lactic acid metabolism.
- They can be made with simple materials such as waste paper.
- Adding a 15m telephone mast and all its associated equipment would further make this waste area even more of an eyesore.
- Eighteen months ago, two factories on North Road were closed down and demolished, leaving a waste area which has become a dump.
- She knew he smoked in the waste area where the youths hung out and when he came home his clothes reeked of the weed.
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- Elections even at a state level cost money and both parties wish to avoid an unnecessary waste of money by contesting in an election that they will lose.
- It was an inappropriate appointment, in that it was clearly a dismal waste of his extravagant talents.
- We went for a weekend, which on the face of it sounds like an extravagant waste of time, but was actually painlessly good fun.
- A nearly inert material, concrete is suitable as a medium for recycling waste or industrial by-products.
- Many are turned into cesspools and dumping sites for solid waste, including hazardous materials.
- Americans are right to refuse truckloads of garbage that contain biomedical waste and radioactive material.
- From the icy wastes to the arid deserts and lush forests, it has carved out habitats and multiplied.
- What tugs at Carlyon's heartstrings is the fate of the soldiers, the boys from the outback and the small towns who dreamed of glory but found only death and disaster in the barren wastes of Gallipoli.
- Outside the barren wastes of the Western Sahara, few people will be holding their breath to see what the UN security council does next week about the world's most obscure and long-running conflict.
This is from Old French waster, based on Latin vastus ‘unoccupied, uncultivated’. The idiomatic phrase lay waste dates from the early 16th century; waste in the sense ‘refuse’ is found from the late 17th century.
go to waste
- Be unused or expended to no purpose.Example sentences
- With a daily outflow of 450 million litres, that's a lot of potentially very useful water going to waste.
- Did the parents who saw their kids at the protest have any concerns about their tuition dollars going to waste?
- Another reason I have started the practice at least on a small scale is that I hate to see so much potential going to waste.
lay waste to (or lay something (to) waste)
- Completely destroy: a land laid waste by warMore example sentences
- The Northumbrians rebelled and in devastating reprisals their lands were laid to waste for several generations.
- Their cities would be laid waste, their lands desolate.
- Factories sprang up like fungi while the countryside was laid waste.
waste one's breath
- see breath.
waste not, want not
- proverb If you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance, you will never be in need.Example sentences
- I don't know how I'm going to work the Christmas theme into this shot of me as a post-autopsy coroner standing smugly over a body and holding a jar of entrails… but look, waste not, want not.
- On the principle of waste not, want not, I've pasted some material below that was originally intended for New York Press.
- In sports, the city's credo was waste not, want not.
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