What does waste mean?

Definitions for waste

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word waste.

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"


  1. Waste(v. i.)

    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.

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

  15. Origin: [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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Waste

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. waste

    A type of plant material or garden earth that is recycled to make compost, biofuel or used for other purposes.

    Garden waste is used in some countries to make compost, biofuel or for other innovative purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 15, 2017  
  2. waste

    The covering or skin from a fruit or vegetable used to make compost or biofuel.

    Kitchen waste or food waste is now being performed in various countries to ensure the covering or skin from fruits or vegetables are reused to make compost, biofuel and other substances.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 15, 2017  
  3. waste

    The shell of an egg, used forms of cooking oil or other types of oil, a used tea bag or used ground coffee particles that are put into a bag or container to be collected and recycled into another substance.

    Some households, businesses and organizations have a kitchen waste bin or oil waste bin where various types of materials can be put and are then put out on a regular basis to be collected as part of a recycling process.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 15, 2017  

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

Anagrams for waste »

  1. Tawse

  2. Wetas

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of waste in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of waste in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of waste in a Sentence

  1. Euripides:

    Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.

  2. William Shakespeare, Richard II:

    I wasted time, now time doth waste me.

  3. Dirk Hebel:

    They don't have the space to store waste.

  4. Marguerite Duras:

    The best way to fill time is to waste it.

  5. Jeremy Wyatt:

    Don’t waste your time surfing, call 911.

Images & Illustrations of waste

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  • المخلفاتArabic
  • odpadCzech
  • diffeithdirWelsh
  • Verschwendung, Verfall, Müll, Einöde, wüst, verschwenden, überflüssig, verwüsten, verfallen, töten, ödeGerman
  • απόβληταGreek
  • ruboEsperanto
  • pérdida, malgastar, desperdiciar, residuosSpanish
  • hukka, jäte, jätös, hukata, tuhlata, listiä, kuihtua, jätteetFinnish
  • dégénération, dégradation, gaspillage, détruire, gâcher, dévaster, gaspiller, tuer, dépérir, déchetsFrench
  • meathIrish
  • call, cosg, sgudal, ana-caitheamh, fàsScottish Gaelic
  • אבטלהHebrew
  • hulladékHungarian
  • 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
  • 배설물Korean
  • vastumLatin
  • atkritumiLatvian
  • maumau, tōtōaMāori
  • woestenij, wegkwijning, verval, vuil, verkwisting, verspilling, afval, rommel, verwoesten, verspillen, verdoen, verklungelen, wegkwijnen, verzwakken, overtollig, verkwisten, woest, vermorsen, koud maken, braakliggendDutch
  • AvfallNorwegian
  • 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
  • furler, kischirerWalloon
  • 垃圾Chinese

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