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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Although the cuts may have led some schools to trim otherwise wasteful spending, Mr Jackson and colleagues found that many schools were forced to cut funding of core activities. The Economist, "What budget cuts during the Great Recession did to pupils’ test scores," 6 June 2019 Also, the city has long frowned on surface lots, which are generally regarded as wasteful and not conducive to street life. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "Famed for protecting historic buildings, this city wants to bulldoze one. For parking.," 29 June 2018 Even the company’s use of corporate jets — and in particular the use of an empty second jet to follow the one that carried Mr. Immelt — had been criticized as wasteful. New York Times, "G.E. to Spin Off Health Care Division as Part of Major Reshaping," 26 June 2018 Chivas will be missing Pereira, who will serve the second game of his suspension, and can’t count on Toronto being as wasteful in front of the goal as the Red Bulls. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Toronto FC Earns Matchup With Chivas de Guadalajara in Concacaf Champions League finals," 11 Apr. 2018 Members of both parties historically sought them to win favor with voters, but Congress banned them as wasteful in 2011. Alex Theodoridis, Washington Post, "Trump just praised earmarks. Here's what the fuss is about.," 12 Jan. 2018 Because bees live to work, doing so is pretty wasteful. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "Philly millennials are buzzing about beekeeping," 11 July 2018 Their main mission is to push the boundaries of rug design and turn wasteful products into works of art. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Former Fyre Festival Employee Just Launched a Home Line," 26 Feb. 2019 Economists blame Venezuela’s crisis on years of economic mismanagement, wasteful public spending and widespread corruption. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "U.S. Aid for Venezuelans Arrives, Setting Up Showdown With Regime," 16 Feb. 2019

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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 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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