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waste

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noun \ˈwāst\

Simple Definition of waste

  • : loss of something valuable that occurs because too much of it is being used or because it is being used in a way that is not necessary or effective

  • : an action or use that results in the unnecessary loss of something valuable

  • : a situation in which something valuable is not being used or is being used in a way that is not appropriate or effective

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of waste

  1. 1 a :  a sparsely settled or barren region :  desert b :  uncultivated land c :  a broad and empty expanse (as of water)

  2. 2 :  the act or an instance of wasting :  the state of being wasted

  3. 3 a :  loss through breaking down of bodily tissue b :  gradual loss or decrease by use, wear, or decay

  4. 4 a :  damaged, defective, or superfluous material produced by a manufacturing process: as (1) :  material rejected during a textile manufacturing process and used usually for wiping away dirt and oil <cotton waste> (2) :  scrap (3) :  an unwanted by-product of a manufacturing process, chemical laboratory, or nuclear reactor <toxic waste> <hazardous waste> <nuclear waste> b :  refuse from places of human or animal habitation: as (1) :  garbage, rubbish (2) :  excrement —often used in plural (3) :  sewage c :  material derived by mechanical and chemical weathering of the land and moved down sloping surfaces or carried by streams to the sea

Examples of waste in a sentence

  1. The current system causes a lot of waste.

  2. We need to find ways to reduce unnecessary waste.

  3. These old computers are still useful. It seems like such a waste to throw them away.

  4. Any further investment would be a waste of valuable resources.

  5. The city oversees waste disposal contracts.



Origin of waste

Middle English waste, wast; in sense 1, from Anglo-French wast, from wast, gast, guast, adjective, desolate, waste, from Latin vastus; in other senses, from Middle English wasten to waste — more at vast


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with waste


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waste

verb,

Simple Definition of waste

  • : to use (something valuable) in a way that is not necessary or effective : to use more of (something) than is necessary

  • : to use (something or someone) in a way that does not produce a valuable result or effect : to fail to use (something or someone) in an appropriate or effective way

  • : to kill or murder (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of waste

wastedwasting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lay waste; especially :  to damage or destroy gradually and progressively <reclaiming land wasted by strip-mining>

  3. 2 :  to cause to shrink in physical bulk or strength :  emaciate, enfeeble <a body wasted by disease>

  4. 3 :  to wear away or diminish gradually :  consume

  5. 4 a :  to spend or use carelessly :  squander <waste valuable resources> b :  to allow to be used inefficiently or become dissipated <a writer wasting her talent>

  6. 5 :  kill; also :  to injure severely

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to lose weight, strength, or vitality —often used with away <was wasting away from illness>

  9. 2 a :  to become diminished in bulk or substance b :  to become consumed

  10. 3 :  to spend money or consume property extravagantly or improvidently

waste one's breath
  1. :  to accomplish nothing by speaking

Examples of waste in a sentence

  1. Don't waste water during the summer drought.

  2. He always wasted his money on useless gadgets.

  3. Turn off the lights so we don't waste electricity.

  4. I think he's just wasting my time.

  5. We can't afford to waste so much food.

  6. We can't afford to waste this opportunity.



Origin of waste

Middle English, from Anglo-French waster, gaster, from Latin vastare, from vastus desolate, waste


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of waste

ravage, devastate, waste, sack, pillage, despoil mean to lay waste by plundering or destroying. ravage implies violent often cumulative depredation and destruction <a hurricane ravaged the coast>. devastate implies the complete ruin and desolation of a wide area <an earthquake devastated the city>. waste may imply producing the same result by a slow process rather than sudden and violent action <years of drought had wasted the area>. sack implies carrying off all valuable possessions from a place <barbarians sacked ancient Rome>. pillage implies ruthless plundering at will but without the completeness suggested by sack <settlements pillaged by Vikings>. despoil applies to looting or robbing without suggesting accompanying destruction <the Nazis despoiled the art museums>.

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waste

adjective

Simple Definition of waste

  • : of, relating to, or being material that is left over or unwanted after something has been made, done, used, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of waste

  1. 1 a (1) :  being wild and uninhabited :  desolate (2) :  arid, empty b :  not cultivated :  not productive

  2. 2 :  being in a ruined or devastated condition

  3. 3 [1waste] a :  discarded as worthless, defective, or of no use :  refuse <waste material> b :  excreted from or stored in inert form in a living body as a byproduct of vital activity <waste products>

  4. 4 [1waste] :  serving to conduct or hold refuse material <a waste barrel>; specifically :  carrying off superfluous water <a waste drain>

  5. 5 :  wasted 4

Examples of waste in a sentence

  1. <waste acreage that was not fit for anything>



Origin of waste

Middle English waste, wast, from Anglo-French wast


First Known Use: 14th century



WASTE Defined for Kids

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waste

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noun \ˈwāst\

Definition of waste for Students

  1. 1 :  the action of spending or using carelessly or uselessly :  the state of being spent or used carelessly or uselessly <a waste of time>

  2. 2 :  material left over or thrown away

  3. 3 :  material (as carbon dioxide in the lungs or urine in the kidneys) produced in and of no further use to the living body

  4. 4 :  a large area of barren land :  wasteland




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waste

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verb

Definition of waste for Students

wastedwasting

  1. 1 :  to spend or use carelessly or uselessly

  2. 2 :  to lose or cause to lose weight, strength, or energy <His muscles were wasting away from lack of use.>

  3. 3 :  to bring to ruin




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waste

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adjective

Definition of waste for Students

  1. 1 :  being wild and without people or crops :  barren <waste areas>

  2. 2 :  of no further use <Some waste materials can be recycled.>




Medical Dictionary

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waste

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noun \ˈwāst\

Medical Definition of waste

  1. 1:  loss through breaking down of bodily tissue

  2. 2wastes plural :  bodily waste materials :  excrement




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waste

verb

Medical Definition of waste

wasted; wasting

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to cause to shrink in physical bulk or strength :  emaciate

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to lose weight, strength, or vitality—often used with away




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waste

adjective

Medical Definition of waste

  1. :  excreted from or stored in inert form in a living body as a by-product of vital activity <waste products>




Law Dictionary

waste

noun

Legal Definition of waste

  1. 1 :  destruction of or damage to property that is caused by the act or omission of one (as a lessee, mortgagor, or life tenant) having a lesser estate and is usually to the injury of another (as an heir, mortgagee, or remainderman) with an interest in the same property <an action for waste> ameliorating waste \ə-ˈmēl-yə-ˌrā-tiŋ-\ :  waste that leads to improvement of property (as by clearing the way for rebuilding something) —called also ameliorative waste permissive waste :  waste caused by the failure of a tenant to take ordinary or proper care of the property voluntary waste :  waste caused by the intentional commission of a destructive act by a tenant

  2. 2 :  a reduction of the value of assets (as in a trust) caused by a failure to exercise proper care or sound judgment in managing them; especially :  a transfer of corporate assets (as through excessive executive compensation or a merger) for no legitimate business purpose or for less than what a person of ordinary sound business judgment would consider to be adequate consideration <the essence of a claim of waste of corporate assets is the diversion of corporate assets for improper or unnecessary purposes — Michelson v. Duncan, 407 A.2d 211 (1979)>





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