What does waste mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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"

  3. thriftlessness, waste, wastefulnessnoun

    the trait of wasting resources

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

  4. barren, waste, wastelandnoun

    an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

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

  5. waste, permissive wasteadjective

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

  6. 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"

  7. waste, blow, squanderverb

    spend thoughtlessly; throw away

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

  8. wasteverb

    use inefficiently or inappropriately

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

  9. wasteverb

    get rid of

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

  10. waste, run offverb

    run off as waste

    "The water wastes back into the ocean"

  11. 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"

  12. consume, squander, waste, wareverb

    spend extravagantly

    "waste not, want not"

  13. pine away, waste, languishverb

    lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

    "After her husband died, she just pined away"

  14. waste, emaciate, macerateverb

    cause to grow thin or weak

    "The treatment emaciated him"

  15. lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourgeverb

    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

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

  16. waste, rotverb

    become physically weaker

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

GCIDE

  1. Wasteverb

    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. Wasteadjective

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

    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.]

  2. Wasteadjective

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

    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.]

  3. Wasteadjective

    lost for want of occupiers or use; superfluous

    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.]

  4. Wasteadjective

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

    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.]

  5. Wasteadjective

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

    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.]

  6. Wasteadjective

    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

    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.]

  7. Wasteadjective

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

    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.]

  8. Wasteverb

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

    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.]

  9. Wasteverb

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  14. Waste

    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.]

Freebase

  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.]

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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Numerology

  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. Jean-Jacques Rousseau:

    The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it

  2. Juliet Jiang:

    We don't waste any materials, no one is idle in the workshop or on site. We have very good planning.

  3. Cynthia Sass:

    Bloating can also be caused by constipation, if you’re not able to eliminate waste in the GI tract, you become 'backed up' so to speak, which can lead to a bloated look.

  4. Anderson Cooper:

    I think about a year after college I realized I don't want to waste any more time worrying about this and wishing I was some other way, i think being gay is one of the blessings of my life. And it made me a better person, it made me a better reporter.

  5. Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein:

    You already know why we're here, i'm not going to waste any time telling you while we're here.

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Translations for waste

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  • المخلفاتArabic
  • odpadCzech
  • diffeithdirWelsh
  • spildDanish
  • 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
  • limbahIndonesian
  • 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
  • chất thảiVietnamese
  • furler, kischirerWalloon
  • 垃圾Chinese

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