waste not, want not

Definition of waste not, want not

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

Word by Word Definitions

wasteplay
  1. :  a sparsely settled or barren region :  desert

    :  uncultivated land

    :  a broad and empty expanse (as of water)

  1. :  to lay waste

    :  to damage or destroy gradually and progressively

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

  1. :  being wild and uninhabited :  desolate

    :  arid, empty

    :  not cultivated :  not productive

wantplay
  1. :  to be needy or destitute

    :  to have or feel need

    :  to be necessary or needed

  1. :  deficiency, lack

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

    :  something wanted :  need, desire


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