wast·​ed ˈwā-stəd How to pronounce wasted (audio)
: laid waste : ravaged
: impaired in strength or health : emaciated
archaic : gone by : elapsed
the chronicle of wasted timeWilliam Shakespeare
: unprofitably used, made, or expended
wasted effort
slang : intoxicated from drugs or alcohol

Examples of wasted in a Sentence

I saw him before the party and he was already wasted. a wasted frame—a shadow of the man he once was
Recent Examples on the Web Commodity industries, like mining, are naturally risk averse, and the efforts can quickly drive up a collective sense of anxiety and dissolve into disconnected projects that ignite a sense of wasted focus. Claudio Saes, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 After a look of confusion or exclamation over the wasted ketchup, the partners, who are primarily men, are fairly divided in their reactions. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 26 Jan. 2024 Fresno — There are no wasted words in the fictions of Venita Blackburn. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024 Indeed, Cadillac's version seems the most elaborate to capture any wasted heat, but many manufacturers offer some kind of heat pump to serve a similar purpose. Robin Warner, Ars Technica, 5 Dec. 2023 The result was a whole lot of wasted effort and lingering uncertainty for the hotel industry and lower federal courts alike. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 5 Dec. 2023 Economists regard the gap as a wasted opportunity: Jobs have often failed to go to the most qualified people because women either weren’t competing for work or weren’t being properly considered. Paul Wiseman, David Keyton, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Oct. 2023 Commissioners must then decide how much of Georgia Power’s spending was prudent while disallowing wasted amounts. Jeff Amy, Fortune, 25 May 2023 Monday was a wasted night, a wasted opportunity, for the Celtics. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, 2 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wasted was in the 15th century

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“Wasted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wasted. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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