waste away

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of waste away

:to become thinner and weaker because of illness or lack of food

Word by Word Definitions

waste play
  1. : a sparsely settled or barren region : desert

  2. : uncultivated land

  3. : a broad and empty expanse (as of water)

  1. : to lay waste

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

  3. : to wear away or diminish gradually : consume

  1. : being wild and uninhabited : desolate

  2. : arid, empty

  3. : not cultivated : not productive

away play
  1. : on the way : along

  2. : from this or that place

  3. : in a secure place or manner

  1. : absent from a place : gone

  2. : distant in space or time

  3. : played on an opponent's grounds


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