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1 [with object] use or expend carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose:we can’t afford to waste electricity I don’t use the car, so why should I waste precious money on it?
(usually be wasted on
) bestow or expend on an unappreciative recipient:her small talk was wasted on this guest
(usually be wasted
) fail to make full or good use of:we’re wasted in this job
2 [no object] (of a person or a part of the body) become progressively weaker and more emaciated:she was dying of AIDS, visibly wasting away (as adjective wasting)a wasting disease [with object] archaic cause to do this:these symptoms wasted the patients very much 3 [with object] literary devastate or ruin (a place):he seized their cattle and wasted their country North American informal kill or severely injure (someone):I saw them waste the guy I worked for 4 [no object] literary (of time) pass away; be spent:the years were wasting
1(of a material, substance, or byproduct) eliminated or discarded as no longer useful or required after the completion of a process:ensure that waste materials are disposed of responsibly plants produce oxygen as a waste product 2(of an area of land, typically in a city or town) not used, cultivated, or built on:a patch of waste ground
1an act or instance of using or expending something carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose:it’s a waste of time trying to argue with him they had learned to avoid waste archaic the gradual loss or diminution of something:he was pale and weak from waste of blood 2material that is not wanted; the unusable remains or byproducts of something:bodily waste (wastes)hazardous industrial wastes 3
) a large area of barren, typically uninhabited land:the icy wastes of the Antarctic
4 Law damage to an estate caused by an act or by neglect, especially by a life-tenant.
Do not confuse waste
means 'use more of something than is necessary or useful' (we can’t afford to waste electricity
), whereas waist
means 'the part of a person’s body between the ribs and the hips' (he put his arm around her waist