wasteful

adjective waste·ful \ ˈwāst-fəl \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of wasteful

: given to or marked by waste : lavish, prodigal

wastefully

play \ˈwāst-fə-lē\ adverb

wastefulness

noun

Examples of wasteful in a Sentence

  1. a wasteful use of natural resources

  2. a careless and wasteful person

  3. We must eliminate wasteful expenditures.

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First Known Use of wasteful

14th century


WASTEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

wasteful

adjective

Definition of wasteful for English Language Learners

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


WASTEFUL Defined for Kids

wasteful

adjective waste·ful \ ˈwāst-fəl \

Definition of wasteful for Students

: spending or using in a careless or foolish way

wastefully

\-fə-lē\ adverb

wastefulness

noun


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