wasteful

adjective
waste·​ful | \ ˈwāst-fəl How to pronounce wasteful (audio) \

Definition of wasteful

: given to or marked by waste : lavish, prodigal

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Other Words from wasteful

wastefully \ ˈwāst-​fə-​lē How to pronounce wastefully (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web And this is significant because the bitcoin network is stupendously wasteful. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin’s “halving” is bad for miners, good for everyone else," 12 May 2020 The report alleges the quota system encourages incarceration and could be wasteful in times of slower immigration. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "Detained migrants pepper-sprayed for rioting amid coronavirus fears," 24 Mar. 2020 Not only that, but one of the tenets of my endeavor is to be less wasteful. Washington Post, "Better breakfasts, less takeout, more togetherness: Our 2020 food resolutions," 17 Jan. 2020 But many cities don’t have such reserves – in part, because the state characterized them as wasteful. Jarvis Deberry, cleveland, "If all of Ohio’s in this coronavirus crisis together, then let the recovery efforts show it," 18 Apr. 2020 Just conceding the 25-yard line and removing the chance of a turnover seems wasteful. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Questionable addition of Greg Zuerlein fills Cowboys’ need at kicker they didn’t actually have," 30 Mar. 2020 Republicans ridiculed it as wasteful and insufficient. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "In Talking About Economic Recovery, Washington Shuns the B-Word," 17 Mar. 2020 Many cooks are apprehensive about deep frying; the vat of hot oil seems dangerous, the leftover oil wasteful. Olga Massov, The Denver Post, "Fry to greater heights with this crispy restaurant-worthy pork milanese," 8 Nov. 2019 The aspects that seem so wasteful — acreage that could be used to build affordable housing or exquisite parks or whatever else is in demand — become essential, even a matter of life and death. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Sonoma Fairgrounds center of action for Kincade Fire, shows need for unplanned space," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of wasteful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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31 May 2020

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“Wasteful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wasteful. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for wasteful

wasteful

adjective
How to pronounce wasteful (audio)

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 How to pronounce wasteful (audio) \

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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