waste meaning

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waste verb
1. (use) spend thoughtlessly; throw away
Related: blow, squander
Antonyms: conserve
  • "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"
  • "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
2. (use) use inefficiently or inappropriately
  • "waste heat"
  • "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
3. (discard) get rid of
  • "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
4. (run) run off as waste
Related: run_off
  • "The water wastes back into the ocean"
5. (enfeeble) cause to grow thin or weak
Related: emaciate, macerate
  • "The treatment emaciated him"
6. (devolve) become physically weaker
Related: rot
  • "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
waste noun
1. (material) any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted
Related: waste_material, waste_matter, waste_product
  • "they collect the waste once a week"
  • "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
2. (activity) useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly
Related: wastefulness, dissipation
  • "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"
  • "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
3. (act) (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
Related: permissive_waste
consume verb
1. (spend) spend extravagantly
Related: squander, waste, ware
  • "waste not, want not"
barren noun
1. (wilderness) an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation
Related: waste, wasteland
  • "the barrens of central Africa"
  • "the trackless wastes of the desert"
neutralize verb
1. (kill) get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing
Related: neutralise, liquidate, waste, knock_off, do_in
  • "The mafia liquidated the informer"
  • "the double agent was neutralized"
pine_away verb
1. (weaken) lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
Related: waste, languish
  • "After her husband died, she just pined away"
lay_waste_to verb
1. (destroy) cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
Related: waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge
  • "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
godforsaken adjective
1. located in a dismal or remote area; desolate
Related: waste, wild
  • "a desert island"
  • "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"
  • "a wild stretch of land"
  • "waste places"
thriftlessness noun
1. (improvidence) the trait of wasting resources
Related: waste, wastefulness
  • "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"
  • "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"
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