- The definition of waste is a wild or uninhabited place.
An example of waste is the Sahara Desert.
- Waste is matter excreted from the body, or unwanted or discarded matter.
- An example of waste is sweat.
- An example of waste is the wrapper from a candy bar.
- Waste is defined as to destroy, wear away or use up.
An example of to waste is spending money on silly things.
- to destroy; devastate; ruin
- to wear away; consume gradually; use up
- to make weak, feeble, or emaciated; wear away the strength, vigor, or life of: a man wasted by age and disease
- to use up or spend without real need, gain, or purpose; squander
- to fail to take proper advantage of: to waste an opportunity
- ⌂ Slang to kill, usually with violence; esp., to murder
Origin of wasteMiddle English wasten ; from Norman French waster ; from Classical Latin vastare, to lay waste, devastate (; from vastus: see vast): influenced, influence by Germanic an unverified form wostjan from source Old High German wuosten
- to lose strength, health, vigor, flesh, etc., as by disease; become weak or enfeebled: often with away
- to be used up or worn down gradually; become smaller or fewer by gradual loss
- Now Rare to pass or be spent: said of time
- to be wasted, or not put to full or proper use
- uncultivated or uninhabited; wild; barren; desolate
- left over, superfluous, refuse, or no longer of use: a waste product
- produced in excess of what is or can be used: waste energy
- excreted from the body as useless or superfluous material: said as of feces or urine
- used to carry off or hold waste or refuse: a waste pipe, wastebasket
Origin of wasteME wast < NormFr < L vastus: see vast
- uncultivated or uninhabited land, as a desert or wilderness
- a desolate, uncultivated, or devastated stretch, tract, or area
- a vast expanse, as of the sea
- a wasting or being wasted; specif.,
- a useless or profitless spending or consuming; squandering, as of money or time
- a failure to take advantage (of something)
- a gradual loss, decrease, or destruction by use, wear, decay, deterioration, etc.
- useless, superfluous, or discarded material, as ashes, garbage, or sewage
- matter excreted from the body, as feces or urine
- cotton fiber or yarn left over from the process of milling, used for wiping machinery, packing bearings, etc.
- Obs. ruin or devastation, as by war or fire
- Geol. material derived by land erosion or disintegration of rock, and carried to the sea by rivers and streams
Origin of wasteME < NormFr < the adj.; also in part < L vastum, neut. of vastus
go to waste
lay waste (to)
verbwast·ed, wast·ing, wastes
- To use, consume, spend, or expend thoughtlessly or carelessly.
- To cause to lose energy, strength, or vigor; exhaust, tire, or enfeeble: Disease wasted his body.
- To fail to take advantage of or use for profit; lose: waste an opportunity.
- a. To destroy completely: The invaders wasted the village.b. Slang To kill; murder.
- To lose energy, strength, weight, or vigor; become weak or enfeebled: wasting away from an illness.
- To pass without being put to use: Time is wasting.
- The act or an instance of wasting or the condition of being wasted: a waste of talent; gone to waste.
- A place, region, or land that is uninhabited or uncultivated; a desert or wilderness.
- A devastated or destroyed region, town, or building; a ruin.
- a. An unusable or unwanted substance or material, such as a waste product: industrial wastes.b. Something, such as steam, that escapes without being used.
- Garbage; trash.
- The undigested residue of food eliminated from the body; excrement.
- Regarded or discarded as worthless or useless: waste trimmings.
- Used as a conveyance or container for refuse: a waste bin.
- Excreted from the body: waste matter.
Origin of wasteMiddle English wasten, from Old North French waster, from Latin v&amacron;st&amacron;re, to make empty, from v&amacron;stus, empty; see eu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural wastes)
- A waste land; an uninhabited desolate region; a wilderness or desert.
- A place that has been laid waste or destroyed.
- A large tract of uncultivated land.
- A vast expanse of water.
- A disused mine or part of one.
- The action or progress of wasting; extravagant consumption or ineffectual use.
- That was a waste of time
- Her life seemed a waste
- Large abundance of something, specifically without it being used.
- Gradual loss or decay.
- A decaying of the body by disease; wasting away.
- (rare) Destruction or devastation caused by war or natural disasters; See "to lay waste"
- Excess of material, useless by-products or damaged, unsaleable products; garbage; rubbish.
- The cage was littered with animal waste
- (law) A cause of action which may be brought by the owner of a future interest in property against the current owner of that property to prevent the current owner from degrading the value or character of the property, either intentionally or through neglect.
From Middle English waste (noun, “a waste"), from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French wast, waste (“a waste"), from Old Frankish *wuasti, *wuosti (“a waste") and *wÅstin, *wÅstinna (“a waste, wasteland, desert"), from Proto-Germanic *wÅstÄ« (“a waste"), *wÅstinjÅ (“a waste, wasteland"), from Proto-Indo-European *wÄsto- (“empty, wasted"). Cognate with Old High German wuosti, wuasti ("a waste"; > Modern German WÃ¼ste), Old High German wuostinna (“a desert, waste"), Old English wÄ“sten (“a waste, wasteland"). Non Germanic cognates include Latin vastus (“waste, desert") and Albanian vjeshtÃ« (“autumn").
(comparative more waste, superlative most waste)
Same meanings as wasted.
From Middle English waste (adjective, “waste"), from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French wast (“waste"), from Old Frankish *wuasti, *wuosti (“waste, empty"), from Proto-Germanic *wÅstijaz (“wasted, abandoned, empty"), from Proto-Indo-European *wÄsto- (“empty, wasted"). Cognate with Old High German wuosti, wuasti (“waste, empty"), Old Saxon wÅsti (“desolate"), Old English wÄ“ste (“waste, barren, desolate, empty").
(third-person singular simple present wastes, present participle wasting, simple past and past participle wasted)
- (now rare) To devastate or destroy.
- To wear away by degrees; to impair gradually; to diminish by constant loss; to use up; to consume; to spend; to wear out.
- To squander (money or resources) uselessly; to spend (time) idly.
- E. Kay (1822-1897), afterwards Lord Justice of Appeal, had rooms on the same staircase as myself, and we wasted a great deal of time together, both in term and in my second summer vacation. 1909. Francis Galton, Memories of my life, p. 69.
- We wasted millions of dollars and several years on that project.
- (slang) To kill; to murder.
- (intransitive) Gradually lose weight, weaken, become frail.
- (intransitive) To be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value etc. gradually.
- (law) To damage, impair, or injure (an estate, etc.) voluntarily, or by allowing the buildings, fences, etc., to fall into decay.
From Middle English wasten (“to waste, lay waste"), from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French waster (“to waste, devastate") (cf. also the variant gaster and French gÃ¢ter from a related Old French word); the Anglo-Norman form waster was either from Old Frankish *wuastan, *wuostan, *wuostjan (“to lay waste, devastate"), from Proto-Germanic *wÅstijanÄ… (“to waste"), from Proto-Indo-European *wÄsto- (“empty, wasted"), or alternatively from Latin vastÄre, present active infinitive of vastÅ and influenced by the Frankish; the English word was assisted by similarity to native Middle English westen ("to waste"; > English weest). Cognate with Old High German wuostan, wuastan, wuostjan ("to waste"; > Modern German wÃ¼sten), Old English wÄ“stan (“to lay waste, ravage").
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