wastage

noun wast·age \ ˈwā-stij \
Updated on: 31 Mar 2018

Definition of wastage

: loss, decrease, or destruction of something (as by use, decay, erosion, or leakage); especially : wasteful or avoidable loss of something valuable

Examples of wastage in a Sentence

  1. the slash-and-burn wastage of the surrounding countryside as the army made its way to the sea

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First Known Use of wastage

1735

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WASTAGE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of wastage for English Language Learners

  • : wasteful use of something valuable : loss of something by using too much of it or using it in a way that is not necessary or effective



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