waste not, want not

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of waste not, want not

used to say that if a person never wastes things he or she will always have what is needed

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

want play
  1. : to be needy or destitute

  2. : to have or feel need

  3. : to be necessary or needed

  1. : deficiency, lack

  2. : grave and extreme poverty that deprives one of the necessities of life

  3. : something wanted : need, desire


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