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waste

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of waste

  1. producing inferior or only a small amount of vegetation waste acreage that was not fit for anything Synonyms of waste bony (also boney), dead, desolate, hardscrabble, impoverished, infertile, poor, stark, unfertile, unproductive, barrenWords Related to waste bleak, inhospitable, lifeless; uncultivable, untillable; bankrupted, consumed, debilitated, depleted, diminished, drained, dried-up, enfeebled, exhausted, expended, lessened, reduced, spent, used up; arid, desert, droughty, dry, rainless, sere (also sear), thirsty, waterless; baked, dehydrated, parched, sunbakedNear Antonyms of waste arable, tillable; green, sylvan, verdantAntonyms of waste fertile, fruitful, lush, luxuriant, productive, rich


waste

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of waste

  1. 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 Synonyms of waste extravagance, prodigality Words Related to waste indulgence, luxury, splurge; loss, wastage; dissipation, profligacy, profusion, squandering, wastefulness; overindulgence, self-indulgence; excess, immoderacy, overkill Near Antonyms of waste necessity; belt-tightening, conservation, economizing, economy, frugality, parsimony, penny-pinching, saving, scrimping, skimping, thrift; austerity, moderation, restraint, temperance, temperateness

  2. 2 discarded or useless material gathered up the waste when he was finished sewing Synonyms of waste chaff, deadwood, debris, dreck (also drek), dross, dust, effluvium (also effluvia), junk, litter, offal, offscouring, raffle, refuse, riffraff, rubbish, scrap, spilth, trash, truck, garbageWords Related to waste crud, sewage, slop, swill, wash; detritus, remains, rubble, ruins; dump, scrap heap; lumber, odds and ends, trumpery; flotsam, jetsam, wreckage; castoff, cull, discard, hand-me-down, reject, throwaway; nothing, straw, two bitsNear Antonyms of waste catch, gem, goody (or goodie), jewel, pearl, plum, prize, treasure, treasure trove, trove, valuable; booty, find, salvage

  3. 3 land that is uninhabited or not fit for crops an area that was a barren waste after the strip-mining had ended Synonyms of waste barren, desert, desolation, heath, no-man's-land, wastelandWords Related to waste badland; brush, bush; dust bowl; open, open air, outdoors, out-of-doors; nature, wild, wilderness

  4. 4 solid matter discharged from an animal's alimentary canal a local ordinance requiring dog owners to properly dispose of their pet's waste Synonyms of waste dirt, doo-doo, dung, excrement, excreta, feces, ordure, poop, scat, slops, soil, droppingWords Related to waste night soil, stool; dunghill, guano, manure, midden, muck; spoor; sewage, sewerage; coprolite

  5. 5 a wide space or area a legendary mariner doomed to sail the watery wastes of the world until Judgment Day Synonyms of waste breadth, distance, expansion, extent, field, length, plain, reach, sheet, spread, stretch, expanseWords Related to waste domain, sphere, territory; compass, range, scope, sweep; gamut, scale, spectrum; depth, emptiness, void; extension, latitude, span; amplitude, immensity, magnitude

  6. 6 a gradual weakening, loss, or destruction the slow waste of the once broad beach by the relentless tide Synonyms of waste attrition, erosion, undermining, corrosionWords Related to waste breakdown, decay, decomposition, disintegration, dissolutionNear Antonyms of waste gain, increaseAntonyms of waste buildup


waste

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of waste

  1. 1 to use up carelessly he wasted his lottery winnings on booze-soaked nights with gold diggers Synonyms of waste blow, dissipate, fiddle away, fritter (away), lavish, lose, misspend, run through, spend, squander, throw away, trifle (away) Words Related to waste splurge; consume, deplete, exhaust, impoverish, overspend, shoot; indulge, overindulge; disburse, expend, lay out Phrases play ducks and drakes with (or make ducks and drakes of) Near Antonyms of waste economize, scrimp, skimp; preserve, protect, save; hoard, lay up Antonyms of waste conserve

  2. 2 to bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of one country attempting to waste another Synonyms of waste annihilate, cream, decimate, demolish, desolate, devastate, do in, extinguish, nuke, pull down, pulverize, raze, rub out, ruin, shatter, smash, tear down, total, vaporize, destroy, wrack, wreckWords Related to waste beat, best, clobber, conquer, crush, defeat, drub, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), rout, scotch, skunk, subdue, surmount, thrash, trim, triumph (over), trounce, wallop, whip, win (against); blast, blow up, break, cripple, damage, deface, deteriorate, disfigure, disintegrate, dissolve, dynamite, harm, impair, injure, mangle, mar, mutilate, spoil, vitiate; erode, scour, sweep (away), wash out, wear (away); dilapidate, disassemble, dismantle, gut, take down, unbuild, undo, unmake; blot out, efface, eradicate, expunge, exterminate, extirpate, liquidate, obliterate, remove, root (out), snuff (out), stamp (out), wipe out; despoil, havoc, loot, pillage, plunder, ravage, sack, trample, trash, vandalize; assassinate, butcher, cut down, dispatch, execute, fell, kill, kill off, massacre, mow (down), murder, slaughter, slay, take out, zapNear Antonyms of waste doctor, fix, mend, patch, recondition, repair, revamp; create, invent; assemble, fabricate, fashion, forge, form, frame, make, manufacture, mold, produce, shape; bring about, constitute, establish, father, found, institute, organize; conserve, preserve, protect, save; rebuild, reconstruct, remodel, renovate, restoreAntonyms of waste build, construct, erect, put up, raise, rear, set up

  3. 3 to diminish the physical strength of endless months of inactivity wasted him Synonyms of waste debilitate, devitalize, enervate, enfeeble, etiolate, prostrate, sap, soften, tire, weakenWords Related to waste cripple, disable, hamstring, incapacitate; deplete, depress, exhaust, impoverish, unman, wash out; damage, harm, hurt, impair, injure, invalid, lay up; break down, grind (down), wear down, wear out; paralyzeNear Antonyms of waste energize, invigorate, recruit, rejuvenate, vitalize; harden, season, toughenAntonyms of waste beef (up), fortify, strengthen


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