garbage

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noun gar·bage \ˈgär-bij\

Definition of garbage

  1. 1a :  food wasteb :  discarded or useless material

  2. 2a :  trash 1bb :  inaccurate or useless data

Examples of garbage in a Sentence

  1. The park was littered with garbage.

  2. Please take out the garbage.

  3. Raccoons were going through the garbage.

  4. Throw the can in the garbage.

  5. If you ask me, what he said is a bunch of garbage.

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Origin and Etymology of garbage

Middle English, offal



GARBAGE Defined for English Language Learners

garbage

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Definition of garbage for English Language Learners

  • : things that are no longer useful or wanted and that have been thrown out

  • : a container where people put things that are being thrown out

  • : something that is worthless, unimportant, or of poor quality


GARBAGE Defined for Kids

garbage

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noun gar·bage \ˈgär-bij\

Definition of garbage for Students

  1. 1 :  material (as waste food) that has been thrown out

  2. 2 :  something that is worthless, useless, or untrue Don't watch garbage on television.



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