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waste

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producing inferior or only a small amount of vegetation

  • waste acreage that was not fit for anything
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waste

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1 an instance of spending money or resources without care or restraint

  • it seems like a waste to spend my entire paycheck on a bigger TV
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2 discarded or useless material

  • gathered up the waste when he was finished sewing
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3 land that is uninhabited or not fit for crops

  • an area that was a barren waste after the strip-mining had ended
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4 solid matter discharged from an animal's alimentary canal

  • a local ordinance requiring dog owners to properly dispose of their petʼs waste
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5 a wide space or area

  • a legendary mariner doomed to sail the watery wastes of the world until Judgment Day
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6 a gradual weakening, loss, or destruction

  • the slow waste of the once broad beach by the relentless tide
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waste

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1 to use up carelessly

  • he wasted his lottery winnings on booze-soaked nights with gold diggers
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play ducks and drakes with (or make ducks and drakes of)

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2 to bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of

  • one country attempting to waste another
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3 to diminish the physical strength of

  • endless months of inactivity wasted him
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Synonym Discussion of waste

ravage, devastate, waste, sack, pillage, despoil mean to lay waste by plundering or destroying. ravage implies violent often cumulative depredation and destruction.
    • a hurricane ravaged the coast
devastate implies the complete ruin and desolation of a wide area.
    • an earthquake devastated the city
waste may imply producing the same result by a slow process rather than sudden and violent action.
    • years of drought had wasted the area
sack implies carrying off all valuable possessions from a place.
    • barbarians sacked ancient Rome
pillage implies ruthless plundering at will but without the completeness suggested by sack.
    • settlements pillaged by Vikings
despoil applies to looting or robbing without suggesting accompanying destruction.
    • the Nazis despoiled the art museums

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