Definitions for wasteweɪst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wasteweɪst(v.; n.; adj.)wast•ed, wast•ing

  1. (v.t.)to consume or use to no avail or profit; squander:

    to waste natural resources.

  2. to fail or neglect to use.

  3. to destroy or consume gradually; wear away:

    waves wasting the rocky shore.

  4. to wear down or reduce in bodily substance or strength; emaciate; enfeeble:

    to be wasted by disease.

  5. to devastate or ruin:

    a country wasted by a long futile war.

  6. Slang. to kill or murder.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  7. (v.i.)to be consumed or employed uselessly or inadequately.

  8. to become gradually used up or worn away.

  9. to become physically worn, esp. emaciated or enfeebled.

  10. to diminish gradually, as wealth or power; dwindle.

  11. (n.)useless consumption or expenditure; an act or instance of wasting:

    a complete waste of my time.

  12. neglect, instead of use.

  13. gradual impairment or decay.

  14. devastation or ruin.

  15. an area devastated or ruined:

    a blackened waste where timberland had stood.

  16. anything unused, inadequately used, or unproductive.

  17. desolate country, as desert.

  18. something left over or superfluous:

    salvaging factory wastes.

  19. material derived by mechanical and chemical disintegration of rock, as the detritus transported by streams, rivers, etc.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  20. garbage; refuse.

  21. wastes, excrement.

    Category: Physiology

  22. (adj.)not used or in use:

    waste energy.

  23. (of land, regions, etc.) wild; desolate.

  24. (of regions, towns, etc.) in a state of desolation and ruin.

  25. left over; superfluous:

    to utilize the waste products of manufacture.

  26. rejected as useless or worthless; refuse.

  27. Physiol. pertaining to material unused by or unusable to the organism.

    Category: Physiology

  28. designed or used to receive or carry away useless material (often in combination):

    a waste pipe.

Idioms for waste:

  1. go to waste, to be wasted, rather than used or consumed.

    Category: Idiom

  2. lay waste, to devastate; destroy.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of waste:

1150–1200; ME < ONF waster (OF g(u)aster) < L vāstāre, der. of vāstus desolate; ONF w-, OF gu- by influence of c. Frankish *wōsti desolate (c. OHG wuosti)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product(noun)

    any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted

    "they collect the waste once a week"; "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"

  2. waste, wastefulness, dissipation(noun)

    useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly

    "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources"

  3. thriftlessness, waste, wastefulness(noun)

    the trait of wasting resources

    "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"; "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"

  4. barren, waste, wasteland(noun)

    an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

    "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"

  5. waste, permissive waste(adj)

    (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect

  6. godforsaken, waste, wild(verb)

    located in a dismal or remote area; desolate

    "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places"

  7. waste, blow, squander(verb)

    spend thoughtlessly; throw away

    "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"

  8. waste(verb)

    use inefficiently or inappropriately

    "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"

  9. waste(verb)

    get rid of

    "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"

  10. waste, run off(verb)

    run off as waste

    "The water wastes back into the ocean"

  11. neutralize, neutralise, liquidate, waste, knock off, do in(verb)

    get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing

    "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized"

  12. consume, squander, waste, ware(verb)

    spend extravagantly

    "waste not, want not"

  13. pine away, waste, languish(verb)

    lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

    "After her husband died, she just pined away"

  14. waste, emaciate, macerate(verb)

    cause to grow thin or weak

    "The treatment emaciated him"

  15. lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge(verb)

    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

    "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"

  16. waste, rot(verb)

    become physically weaker

    "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. waste(noun)ɪst

    a bad or careless use

    The film was a complete waste of money/time.; All the young lives lost at war - it's such a waste.

  2. wasteɪst

    to be unused, or to be thrown away without being used

    tons of energy going to waste

  3. wasteɪst

    sth useless that is left after you have used a product, material, etc.

    discarded plastic and other waste; nuclear waste

  4. waste(verb)ɪst

    ≠ conserve, save

    Turn out the lights so we don't waste energy.; You're wasting your money on that car.

  5. wasteɪst

    not understood or appreciated by sb

    The beauty of the performance was wasted on my brother.

  6. wasteɪst

    to do without delay

    They wasted no time in denying the report.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Waste(adj)

    desolate; devastated; stripped; bare; hence, dreary; dismal; gloomy; cheerless

  2. Waste(adj)

    lying unused; unproductive; worthless; valueless; refuse; rejected; as, waste land; waste paper

  3. Waste(adj)

    lost for want of occupiers or use; superfluous

  4. Waste(adj)

    to bring to ruin; to devastate; to desolate; to destroy

  5. Waste(adj)

    to wear away by degrees; to impair gradually; to diminish by constant loss; to use up; to consume; to spend; to wear out

  6. Waste(adj)

    to spend unnecessarily or carelessly; to employ prodigally; to expend without valuable result; to apply to useless purposes; to lavish vainly; to squander; to cause to be lost; to destroy by scattering or injury

  7. Waste(adj)

    to damage, impair, or injure, as an estate, voluntarily, or by suffering the buildings, fences, etc., to go to decay

  8. Waste(verb)

    to be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like, gradually; to be consumed; to dwindle; to grow less

  9. Waste(verb)

    to procure or sustain a reduction of flesh; -- said of a jockey in preparation for a race, etc

  10. Waste

    the act of wasting, or the state of being wasted; a squandering; needless destruction; useless consumption or expenditure; devastation; loss without equivalent gain; gradual loss or decrease, by use, wear, or decay; as, a waste of property, time, labor, words, etc

  11. Waste

    that which is wasted or desolate; a devastated, uncultivated, or wild country; a deserted region; an unoccupied or unemployed space; a dreary void; a desert; a wilderness

  12. Waste

    that which is of no value; worthless remnants; refuse. Specifically: Remnants of cops, or other refuse resulting from the working of cotton, wool, hemp, and the like, used for wiping machinery, absorbing oil in the axle boxes of railway cars, etc

  13. Waste

    spoil, destruction, or injury, done to houses, woods, fences, lands, etc., by a tenant for life or for years, to the prejudice of the heir, or of him in reversion or remainder

  14. Waste

    old or abandoned workings, whether left as vacant space or filled with refuse


  1. Waste

    Waste is a pejorative term for unwanted materials. The term can be described as subjective and inaccurate because waste to one person is not waste to another. Litter refers to waste disposed of improperly.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'waste' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2052

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'waste' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1583

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'waste' in Nouns Frequency: #803

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'waste' in Verbs Frequency: #539

Translations for waste

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


material which is or has been made useless

industrial waste from the factories; (also adjective) waste material.

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