Definitions for waste
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word waste.
waste, waste material, waste matter, waste productnoun
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"
waste, wastefulness, dissipationnoun
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"
thriftlessness, waste, wastefulnessnoun
the trait of wasting resources
"a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"; "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"
barren, waste, wastelandnoun
an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation
"the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"
waste, permissive wasteadjective
(law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
godforsaken, waste, wildverb
located in a dismal or remote area; desolate
"a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places"
waste, blow, squanderverb
spend thoughtlessly; throw away
"He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
use inefficiently or inappropriately
"waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
get rid of
"We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
waste, run offverb
run off as waste
"The water wastes back into the ocean"
neutralize, neutralise, liquidate, waste, knock off, do inverb
get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing
"The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized"
consume, squander, waste, wareverb
"waste not, want not"
pine away, waste, languishverb
lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
"After her husband died, she just pined away"
waste, emaciate, macerateverb
cause to grow thin or weak
"The treatment emaciated him"
lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourgeverb
cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
"The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
become physically weaker
"Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
To be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like, gradually; to be consumed; to dwindle; to grow less; -- commonly used with away.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
Sophi leaves all waste in his retreat. John Milton.
The multiplication and obstinacy of disputes, which have so laid waste the intellectual world, is owing to nothing more than to the ill use of words. John Locke.
When thus the gather’d storms of wretched love,
In my swoln bosom, with long war had strove,
Laid all the civil bonds of manhood waste,
And scatter’d ruin as the torrent past. Matthew Prior.
There be very waste countries and wildernesses; but we find not mention whether any do inhabit there. George Abbot.
He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness. Deut. xxxii. 10.
Quite surcharg’d with her own weight,
And strangl’d with her waste fertility. John Milton.
It may be published as well as printed, that so much skill in Hebrew derivations may not lie for waste paper. Dryden.
Etymology: from the verb.
Reasons induce us to think it a good work, which they, in their care for well bestowing of time, account waste. Richard Hooker.
Thin air is better pierced, but thick air preserveth the sound better from waste. Francis Bacon, Natural History.
Freedom who loves, must first be wise and good;
But from that mark how far they rove we see,
For all this waste of wealth, and loss of blood. John Milton.
It was providently designed to repair the waste daily made by the frequent attrition in mastication. John Ray, on the Creation.
So foolish and lavish are we, that too often we use some words in mere waste, and have no ideas for them. Isaac Watts.
But youth, the perishing good, runs on too fast,
And unenjoy’d it spends itself to waste;
Few know the use of life before ’tis past. Dryden.
Secure the workings of your soul from running to waste, and even your looser moments will turn to happy account. Isaac Watts.
Land that is left wholly to nature, that hath no improvement of pasturage, tillage, or planting, is called waste. John Locke.
Lifted aloft he ’gan to mount up higher,
And, like fresh eagle, made his hardy flight
Thro’ all that great wide waste, yet wanting light. Edmund Spenser.
These gentlemen, on their watch,
In the dead waste and middle of the night,
Had been thus encountred. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.
Forty days Elijah, without food,
Wander’d this barren waste. John Milton, Paradise Regain’d.
Lords of the world’s great waste, the ocean, we
Whole forests send to reign upon the sea. Edmund Waller.
From that dire deluge, through the wat’ry waste,
Such length of years, such various perils past. Dryden.
Thee I pursue, oh great ill-fated youth!
Through the dismal waste of gloomy death. Smith.
See the man who spacious regions gave,
A waste for beasts, himself deny’d a grave. Alexander Pope.
All the leafy nation sinks at last,
And Vulcan rides in triumph o’er the waste. John Dryden, Æn.
The spirit of wantonness is sure scarce out of him: if the devil have him not in fee-simple, he will never, I think, in the way of waste, attempt us again. William Shakespeare.
Etymology: awestan , Saxon; woesten, Dutch; guastare, Italian; vastare, Latin.
The fire that mounts the liquor ’till’t run o’er,
Seeming t’ augment it, wastes it. William Shakespeare, H. VIII.
First vegetive, then feels, and reasons last;
Rich of three souls, and lives all three to waste. Dryden.
Could sighs furnish new breath, or draw life and spirits from the wasting of your’s, your friends would encourage your passion. William Temple.
The people’s praying after the minister, they say, wasteth time. Richard Hooker.
There must be providence used, that our ship-timber be not wasted. Francis Bacon.
No ways and means their cabinet employ,
But their dark hours they waste in barren joy. Samuel Garth.
He only their provisions wastes and burns. Daniel.
Peace to corrupt, no less than war to waste. John Milton.
Insults our walls, and wastes our fruitful grounds. Dryden.
Now wasting years my former strength confound,
And added woes have bow’d me to the ground;
Yet by the stubble you may guess the grain,
And mark the ruins of no vulgar man. William Broome.
To waste eternal days in woe and pain. John Milton.
O were I able
To waste it all myself, and leave you none. John Milton.
To dwindle; to be in a state of consumption.
Man dieth and wasteth away. Job xiv. 10.
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. Is. lix. 7.
The latter watch of wasting night,
And setting stars to kindly sleep invite. Dryden.
desolate; devastated; stripped; bare; hence, dreary; dismal; gloomy; cheerless
lying unused; unproductive; worthless; valueless; refuse; rejected; as, waste land; waste paper
lost for want of occupiers or use; superfluous
to bring to ruin; to devastate; to desolate; to destroy
to wear away by degrees; to impair gradually; to diminish by constant loss; to use up; to consume; to spend; to wear out
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
to damage, impair, or injure, as an estate, voluntarily, or by suffering the buildings, fences, etc., to go to decay
to be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like, gradually; to be consumed; to dwindle; to grow less
to procure or sustain a reduction of flesh; -- said of a jockey in preparation for a race, etc
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
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
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
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
old or abandoned workings, whether left as vacant space or filled with refuse
Etymology: [OE. wast, OF. wast, from L. vastus, influenced by the kindred German word; cf. OHG. wuosti, G. wst, OS. wsti, D. woest, AS. wste. Cf. Vast.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wāst, adj. empty, desert: desolate: useless, vain: stripped: lying unused: unproductive.—v.t. to lay waste or make desolate: to destroy: to wear out gradually: to squander: to diminish: to impair.—v.i. to be diminished: to dwindle: to be consumed.—n. act of wasting: useless expenditure: superfluous material, stuff left over: loss: destruction: that which is wasted or waste: uncultivated country: desert: refuse, as of coal, &c.: decay, decline: (law) natural but permanent injury to the inheritance.—ns. Wās′tage, loss by use, natural decay; Waste′-bas′ket, Waste′paper-bas′ket, a basket for holding useless scraps of paper; Waste′-book, a book in which merchants make entries of transactions in order as they occur, and for a temporary purpose.—adj. Waste′ful, full of waste: destructive: lavish: (Spens.) desolate.—adv. Waste′fully.—ns. Waste′fulness; Waste′-gate, a gate for discharging surplus water from a dam, &c.; Wās′ten (Spens.), a desert; Waste′ness (B.), devastation; Waste′-pipe, a pipe for carrying off waste or surplus water; Wās′ter, one who or that which wastes: a spendthrift: a destroyer: an article spoilt in the making.—adj. Wās′ting, devastating: enfeebling—(Wasting investments, stocks redeemable on a certain date at a fixed price, for which a premium above the redemption price is paid).—ns. Wās′ting, devastation; Wās′trel, refuse: anything neglected, a neglected child: (dial.) a profligate; Wās′try (Scot.), prodigality.—adj. improvident.—Waste lands, uncultivated and unprofitable tracts in populous and cultivated countries; Waste time, to employ time unprofitably or not at all.—Run to waste, to become incapable or useless.—Utilisation of waste products, the putting to other use of such material as is rendered either wholly or partially useless in the manufacture of articles and products—e.g. waste-silk is now a valuable raw material for a large spun-silk industry. [O. Fr. wast, gaste—L. vastus, waste; cf. A.S. wéste, Ger. wüst, desolate.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'waste' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2052
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'waste' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1583
Rank popularity for the word 'waste' in Nouns Frequency: #803
Rank popularity for the word 'waste' in Verbs Frequency: #539
The numerical value of waste in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of waste in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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I cannot afford to waste my time making money.
If you’re taking your family on a road trip, pack up a large cooler with sandwiches and snacks and drinks for the whole family, so you don’t have to waste money on more expensive restaurants.
The road ahead, it will not be easy. But the President-elect and I are hitting the ground running, we don't have a moment to waste.
This bill could protect millions of Californians from becoming targets of hate and prevent the weaponization of our law enforcement against communities of color, racist false reports put people in danger and waste resources.
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Translations for waste
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- Verschwendung, Verfall, Müll, Einöde, wüst, verschwenden, überflüssig, verwüsten, verfallen, töten, ödeGerman
- pérdida, malgastar, desperdiciar, residuosSpanish
- hukka, jäte, jätös, hukata, tuhlata, listiä, kuihtua, jätteetFinnish
- dégénération, dégradation, gaspillage, détruire, gâcher, dévaster, gaspiller, tuer, dépérir, déchetsFrench
- call, cosg, sgudal, ana-caitheamh, fàsScottish Gaelic
- eceso, exkremento, nekultivitaIdo
- distesa desolata, landa desolata, decadenza, rifiuto, escremento, spreco, scarto, immondizia, deserto, devastare, sperperare, sprecare, necessario, fare fuori, deperire, incolto, inutile, residuo, distruggere, indebolire, debilitare, indebolirsi, uccidere, ammazzare, superfluo, aridoItalian
- 無駄, 無駄使い, 糞, 荒れ地, 浪費, ゴミ, 不必要, 荒れた, ふいにする, 潰す, 無駄にするJapanese
- maumau, tōtōaMāori
- woestenij, wegkwijning, verval, vuil, verkwisting, verspilling, afval, rommel, verwoesten, verspillen, verdoen, verklungelen, wegkwijnen, verzwakken, overtollig, verkwisten, woest, vermorsen, koud maken, braakliggendDutch
- śmieci, marnować, marnotrawstwoPolish
- ermo, desperdício, degeneração, lixo, fezes, excremento, degradação, deserto, refugo, dejeto, desperdiçar, matar, definhar, destruir, devastarPortuguese
- deșert, pierdere, gunoi, rest, pustietate, irosire, excrement, decădere, deșeu, sterp, distruge, devasta, irosi, pierde, pustiu, omorî, emacia, superfluu, descărna, slăbi, decădea, inutil, prisos, risipi, ucideRomanian
- излишняя трата, растрата, грохать, тратить, кокнуть, расточать, замочить, грохнуть, укокошить, транжиритьRussian
- smeće, otpadSerbo-Croatian
- ödemark, spill, skräp, avfall, förfall, avföring, överflödig, föröda, förfalla, förslösa, spilla, öde, försvaga, ödelägga, förspillaSwedish
- చెత్త, వృధా చేయుTelugu
- harcamak, atıkTurkish
- chất thảiVietnamese
- furler, kischirerWalloon
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