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American English: /weɪst/
British English: /weɪst/

Translation of waste in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable (of fuel, materials) a waste of time
    una pérdida de tiempo
    it's a waste of money
    es tirar el dinero
    don't you think it's a waste of space?
    ¿no te parece que estás desperdiciando or desaprovechando espacio?
    a waste of effort
    un esfuerzo inútil
    it's a waste of breath trying to make him see reason
    tratar de que entre en razón es gastar saliva inútilmente
    the waste of food here is dreadful
    es espantoso cómo tiran aquí la comida
    there is no waste in this ham
    este jamón no tiene desperdicio
    we can save money by avoiding waste
    podemos economizar evitando los despilfarros
    she's working as a waitress: it's such a waste!
    trabaja de camarera: ¡qué desperdicio!
    to go to waste (talent)
    he let his talent go to waste
    desperdició su talento
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 uncountable 2.1 (refuse)
    residuos (masculine plural)
    desechos (masculine plural)
    human waste
    excrementos (masculine plural)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    2.2 (surplus matter)
    material (masculine) sobrante or de desecho
  • 3
    also: wastes plural
    the deserted wastes of Antarctica
    las desiertas inmensidades or extensiones de la Antártica

transitive verb

  • 1 (misuse, squander)
    he has wasted his life
    ha desperdiciado su vida
    we wasted a lot of time arguing
    perdimos mucho tiempo discutiendo
    you're wasting my time
    me estás haciendo perder el tiempo
    he didn't waste any time (in) cashing the check
    se fue a cobrar el cheque sin perder (ni) un minuto
    you're wasting your breath!
    estás gastando saliva inútilmente
    your work won't be wasted
    tu trabajo no ha sido en vano
    to waste something on somebody/something/-inghe's wasted a fortune on cars/(on) eating out
    ha derrochado una fortuna en coches/comiendo en restaurantes
    don't waste your time on them
    no pierdas el tiempo con ellos
    the irony was wasted on her
    no captó la ironía
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3
    also: wasted past participle
    3.1 (misused, futile)
    it was a wasted journey
    fue un viaje en balde
    3.2 (shrunken)
    3.3 (drunk) (British) [colloquial] to get wasted
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 4 (lay waste)
    Example sentences
    • They proceed to unleash the monsters across the globe, who do what comes naturally, and start wasting cities.
  • 5 (kill) (US) [slang]
    liquidar [colloquial]
    cargarse [colloquial]

intransitive verb

  • 1 (squander) waste not, want not
    quien no malgasta no pasa necesidades


  • 1 (ground) (barren)
    (not cultivated) baldío
    sin cultivar
    to lay waste the town was laid waste by the rebels
    los rebeldes arrasaron la ciudad
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 2.1 (discarded)
    de desecho
    waste matter
    materia (feminine) de desecho
    waste products (industrial)
    productos (masculine plural) de desecho
    excrementos (masculine plural)
    waste water
    aguas (feminine plural) negras (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    2.2 (leftover, excess)
    waste heat generated during the chemical reaction
    el calor disipado durante la reacción química

Phrasal verbs

waste away

verb + adverb
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