Waste is defined as to destroy, wear away or use up.(verb)
An example of to waste is spending money on silly things.
Waste is matter excreted from the body, or unwanted or discarded matter.(noun)
The definition of waste is a wild or uninhabited place.(adjective)
An example of waste is the Sahara Desert.
See waste in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME wasten < NormFr waster < L vastare, to lay waste, devastate (< vastus: see vast): infl. by Gmc *wostjan > OHG wuosten
Origin: ME wast < NormFr < L vastus: see vast
Origin: ME < NormFr < the adj.; also in part < L vastum, neut. of vastus
See waste in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb wast·ed, wast·ing, wastes verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English wasten
Origin: , from Old North French waster
Origin: , from Latin vāstāre, to make empty
Origin: , from vāstus, empty; see euə- in Indo-European roots.
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