Definition of "waste" []

  • To use, consume, spend, or expend thoughtlessly or carelessly. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to lose energy, strength, or vigor; exhaust, tire, or enfeeble: Disease wasted his body. (verb-transitive)
  • To fail to take advantage of or use for profit; lose: waste an opportunity. (verb-transitive)
  • To destroy completely. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To kill; murder. (verb-transitive)
  • To use, consume, or expend thoughtlessly, carelessly, or to no avail (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To fail to take advantage of (verb)
  • To lose or cause to lose bodily strength, health, etc (verb)
  • To exhaust or become exhausted (verb)
  • To ravage (verb)
  • To murder or kill (verb)
  • The act of wasting or state of being wasted (noun)
  • A failure to take advantage of something (noun)
  • Anything unused or not used to full advantage (noun)
  • Anything or anyone rejected as useless, worthless, or in excess of what is required (noun)
  • Garbage, rubbish, or trash (noun)
  • A land or region that is wild or uncultivated (noun)
  • A land or region that is devastated or ruined (noun)
  • The useless products of metabolism (noun)
  • Indigestible food residue (noun)
  • Disintegrated rock material resulting from erosion (noun)
  • Reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect, esp by a life-tenant (noun)
  • Rejected as useless, unwanted, or worthless (adjective)
  • Produced in excess of what is required (adjective)
  • Not cultivated, inhabited, or productive (adjective)
  • Of or denoting the useless products of metabolism (adjective)
  • Of or denoting indigestible food residue (adjective)
  • Destroyed, devastated, or ruined (adjective)
  • Designed to contain or convey waste products (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "waste" in a sentence
  • "We have the total waste of $225,496,741 and this, reduced to its actual significance, means that of the total actual terminations, 83.6 per cent. was _actual waste_ and only 16.4 per cent. legitimate terminations, while the great bulk of the last item of"
  • "Do you think that over a £billion a year in waste is a good thing in this system?"
  • "OK, if 13% admin waste is not enough to establish my point, then say 40%."