- 1use (something) to no purpose or for an improper purpose.
- 2fail to make full or good use of (something such as time or an opportunity).
- 3cause (something) to become unusable or unimportant by injuring, damaging, or attacking it.
Using waste: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "waste" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
Don't waste your money on that.
He wasted his life on drugs.
The injury wasted his football career.
waste Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using waste
Telling him to stop smoking is a waste of breath.
All the food will go to waste if nobody eats it.
if you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance, you will never be in need
My grandmother always told me to waste not, want not.
Phrases with waste
Watching TV all day is a waste of time.
The city has a waste disposal program to reduce pollution.
He wasted away after being diagnosed with cancer.
Origins of waste
from Old English 'wæstan', meaning 'to devastate'
Summary: waste in Brief
The verb 'waste' [weɪst] means to use something improperly or to no purpose, or to cause damage or injury. Examples include 'Don't waste your money on that,' and 'The injury wasted his football career.' Phrases like 'waste of time' and 'waste disposal' extend the concept, while idioms like 'a waste of breath' and 'waste not, want not' add color and nuance.