wasteful

adjective
waste·​ful | \ˈwāst-fəl \

Definition of wasteful 

: given to or marked by waste : lavish, prodigal

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Other Words from wasteful

wastefully \ˈwāst-​fə-​lē \ adverb
wastefulness noun

Examples of wasteful in a Sentence

a wasteful use of natural resources a careless and wasteful person We must eliminate wasteful expenditures.
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Iris Rijskamp, courtesy Design Academy Eindhoven 3D printing is often heralded as a more efficient and less wasteful type of fabrication. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The most bizarre and brilliant projects from a Dutch design fair," 5 Nov. 2018 Living lagom is all about not being wasteful with all things, food included. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 8 Best Lessons I Learned Living the Lagom Life," 31 Oct. 2018 Beijing has tried to turn the corner on wasteful spending. Chao Deng, WSJ, "China Finds Big-Ticket Spending Is a Road to Nowhere," 20 Oct. 2018 Stern is running heavily on a platform against wasteful spending in government. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Every August 14 primary election you should know about, briefly explained," 13 Aug. 2018 Other countries typically have sports ministries and government organizations that run the Olympics, which often lead to the cost overruns and wasteful infrastructure that have caused so much bad publicity for the IOC. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Will LA’s ‘no-build’ Olympics spur Southern California’s next building boom?," 10 July 2018 Carter considered those projects wasteful spending. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "The Ghost of Shutdowns Past haunts latest talks to keep the federal government open," 19 Jan. 2018 But Mobileye argues that this approach is simultaneously wasteful and unlikely to deliver sufficient evidence of safety. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Intel’s Mobileye wants to dominate driverless cars—but there’s a problem," 21 May 2018 What to do with your dirty old sponge If throwing out sponges frequently seems wasteful, Egert suggests using them in other parts of the house where bacteria might not be so important, such as cleaning floors or gardening equipment. Alice Park, Time, "You Should Throw Away Your Germy Kitchen Sponge Immediately. Here’s How to Wash Your Dishes Instead," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wasteful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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wasteful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wasteful

: using more of something than is needed : causing something valuable to be wasted

wasteful

adjective
waste·​ful | \ˈwāst-fəl \

Kids Definition of wasteful

: spending or using in a careless or foolish way

Other Words from wasteful

wastefully \-​fə-​lē \ adverb
wastefulness noun

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