wasting

adjective
wast·​ing | \ ˈwā-stiŋ How to pronounce wasting (audio) \

Definition of wasting

1 : laying waste : devastating
2 : undergoing or causing decay or loss of strength wasting diseases such as tuberculosis

Examples of wasting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One that’s too large may be overkill, using up too much electricity and unnecessarily wasting floor space. Brett Dvoretz, chicagotribune.com, 1 Apr. 2021 The highly contagious disease was so wasting and terrifying that those who died of it were believed to leave their graves, infecting relatives and draining away blood and life, scholars have said. Author: Michael E. Ruane, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2019 The highly contagious disease was so wasting and terrifying that those who died of it were believed to leave their graves, infecting relatives and draining away blood and life, scholars have said. Author: Michael E. Ruane, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2019 The highly contagious disease was so wasting and terrifying that those who died of it were believed to leave their graves, infecting relatives and draining away blood and life, scholars have said. Author: Michael E. Ruane, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2019 The highly contagious disease was so wasting and terrifying that those who died of it were believed to leave their graves, infecting relatives and draining away blood and life, scholars have said. Author: Michael E. Ruane, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2019 The highly contagious disease was so wasting and terrifying that those who died of it were believed to leave their graves, infecting relatives and draining away blood and life, scholars have said. Author: Michael E. Ruane, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2019 The highly contagious disease was so wasting and terrifying that those who died of it were believed to leave their graves, infecting relatives and draining away blood and life, scholars have said. Author: Michael E. Ruane, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2019 The highly contagious disease was so wasting and terrifying that those who died of it were believed to leave their graves, infecting relatives and draining away blood and life, scholars have said. Author: Michael E. Ruane, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of wasting

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wasting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wasting. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for wasting

wasting

adjective
wast·​ing | \ ˈwā-stiŋ How to pronounce wasting (audio) \

Medical Definition of wasting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: undergoing or causing decay or loss of strength wasting diseases such as tuberculosis

wasting

noun

Medical Definition of wasting (Entry 2 of 2)

: unintended loss of weight and lean body tissue characteristic of many diseases (as cancer, tuberculosis, and AIDS) : gradual loss of strength or substance : atrophy

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