Definition of wast
1. waste [ v ] spend thoughtlessly; throw away
Examples: "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends" "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
(The Providence Journal...)
Putting_on local musicians at_this_place in the program serves a triple purpose : it saves the top flight jazz men from being wasted in_this unenviable spot , when the audience is cold , restless , and in flux ; it prevents late-comers from missing some of the people they have come a long way to hear , and it gives the resident musicians a chance to perform before the famous Newport audience .
(The New York Times...)
Although a skillful politician and a courageous and honest man , Mr._Nixon , Mr._White believes , ignored his own top-level planners , wasted time and effort in the wrong regions , missed opportunities through indecision and damaged his chances on television .
(Lilian Pompian, "Tooth-Straightening Today"...)
What do parents need_to know about those `` years of the braces '' in_order not to waste a child 's time and their money ?
(James D. Horan, The Shadow Catcher....)
`` For Christ 's sake , do n't waste your powder on one of ' em '' !
(Todhunter Ballard, The Night Riders....)
It seemed to Barton that the green eyes mocked him , the thin-lipped smile held insolence , but he had no time to waste now .Synonyms waste squander blow Related Terms conserve use burn squander prodigal wastrel
2. waste [ v ] use inefficiently or inappropriately
Examples: "waste heat" "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
(Raymond J. Corsini et al., Roleplaying in Business...)
From the point_of_view of the applicants , less time was wasted in being evaluated - and they got a meal out of it as_well_as some insights into their performances .
(Gene Caesar, Rifle for Rent....)
When Fred_Powell 's brother-in-law , Charlie_Keane , moved_into the dead man 's home , the anonymous letter_writer took no chances on Charlie taking_up where Fred had left_off and wasted no time on a first notice :
(Edwin Booth, Outlaw Town....)
Jess wasted a_few seconds trying to yank them loose .
(T. C. McClary, "The Flooded Desert," Argosy,...)
His long nose wiggled at the smells of frizzling bacon and heating java , but the fire was low , and he wanted to waste no time .
(Jesse Hill Ford, Mountains of Gilead....)
The two little bangs meant that he was getting impatient to have a crowd of customers waited on and that if he had to he would jerk open the door and drag out , by the opposite door_handle which she would be clutching , whichever-the-hell clerk it was who thought she could waste so_much store time on the pot .Synonyms waste Related Terms use thriftlessness
3. waste [ n ] any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted
Examples: "they collect the waste once a week" "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
(Ross E. McKinney and Howard Edde, "Aerated...)
O'Connor and Eckenfelder discussed the use of aerated lagoons for treating organic wastes .
The pilot lagoon was designed to handle the wastes from 314 persons with a 4 - day aeration period .Synonyms waste waste_material waste_product waste_matter Related Terms material effluent sewage impurity exhaust garbage rubbish toxic_waste pollutant crud body_waste
4. waste [ n ] useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly
Examples: : "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste" "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
The Lenin tomb is obviously adequate for double occupancy , Moscow is a crowded city , and the creed of communism deplores waste .
(Bruce Palmer, "My Brother's Keeper", Many Are...)
There 's a_lot of waste going_on here .Synonyms waste dissipation wastefulness Related Terms activity waste_of_time waste_of_material boondoggle waste_of_money extravagance waste_of_effort squandering consume shoot
5. waste [ n ] the trait of wasting resources
Examples: "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste" "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"
(The Department of State: A Fresh Look at the...)
The selection of the wrong tools can mean waste , at_best , and at_worst an unwanted inflammation of the problem itself .Synonyms waste wastefulness thriftlessness Related Terms improvidence
6. waste [ a ] located in a dismal or remote area; desolate
Examples: "a desert island" "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads" "a wild stretch of land" "waste places"
7. waste [ v ] lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
Examples: "After her husband died, she just pined away"
8. waste [ v ] cause to grow thin or weak
Examples: "The treatment emaciated him"
9. waste [ v ] spend extravagantly
Examples: "waste not, want not"
10. waste [ n ] an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation
Examples: "the barrens of central Africa" "the trackless wastes of the desert"
11. waste [ v ] run off as waste
Examples: : "The water wastes back into the ocean"
12. waste [ v ] get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing
Examples: "The mafia liquidated the informer" "the double agent was neutralized"
13. waste [ v ] get rid of
Examples: "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
14. waste [ v ] devastate or ravage
Examples: "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
15. waste [ v ] waste away
Examples: "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
16. waste [ a ] disposed of as useless
Examples: "waste paper"
17. waste [ n ] (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglectSynonyms permissive_waste waste Related Terms act law
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