waste Definition

  • 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!

  • Example

    Don't waste your money on that.

  • Example

    He wasted his life on drugs.

  • Example

    The injury wasted his football career.

waste Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using waste

  • something said that has no effect or is ignored


    Telling him to stop smoking is a waste of breath.

  • be unused or unappreciated


    All the food will go to waste if nobody eats it.

  • waste not, want not

    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

  • an activity that is not useful or productive


    Watching TV all day is a waste of time.

  • the process of getting rid of waste materials


    The city has a waste disposal program to reduce pollution.

  • gradually decline in health, strength, or power


    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.

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