|1.||[ verb ] spend thoughtlessly; throw away|
"He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends" "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
|Related terms:||conserve use burn squander prodigal wastrel|
|2.||[ verb ] use inefficiently or inappropriately|
"waste heat" "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
|Related terms:||use thriftlessness|
|3.||[ noun ] any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted|
|Synonyms:||waste_material waste_product waste_matter|
"they collect the waste once a week" "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
|Related terms:||material effluent sewage impurity exhaust garbage rubbish toxic_waste pollutant crud body_waste|
|4.||[ noun ] useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly|
: "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste" "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
|Related terms:||activity waste_of_time waste_of_material boondoggle waste_of_money extravagance waste_of_effort squandering consume shoot|
|5.||[ noun ] the trait of wasting resources|
"a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste" "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"
|6.||[ adjective ] located in a dismal or remote area; desolate|
|Synonyms:||godforsaken wild desert|
"a desert island" "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads" "a wild stretch of land" "waste places"
|7.||[ verb ] lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief|
"After her husband died, she just pined away"
|Related terms:||weaken languisher|
|8.||[ verb ] cause to grow thin or weak|
"The treatment emaciated him"
|Related terms:||enfeeble cachexia wastage emaciate|
|9.||[ verb ] spend extravagantly|
|Synonyms:||consume ware squander|
"waste not, want not"
|Related terms:||spend lavish shoot overspend luxuriate splurge squandering|
|10.||[ noun ] (geography) an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation|
"the barrens of central Africa" "the trackless wastes of the desert"
|Related terms:||wilderness heath|
|11.||[ verb ] run off as waste|
: "The water wastes back into the ocean"
|Related terms:||run overflow|
|12.||[ verb ] get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing|
|Synonyms:||knock_off liquidate do_in neutralize neutralise|
"The mafia liquidated the informer" "the double agent was neutralized"
|Related terms:||kill elimination|
|13.||[ verb ] get rid of|
"We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
|14.||[ verb ] devastate or ravage|
|Synonyms:||devastate ravage desolate scourge lay_waste_to|
"The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
|Related terms:||destroy ruin destruction devastation bane ravaging bleakness devastation destroyer|
|15.||[ verb ] waste away|
"Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
|Related terms:||deteriorate necrose wastage|
|16.||[ adjective ] disposed of as useless|
|Synonyms:||scrap discarded junked cast-off|
|17.||[ noun ] (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect|
|Related terms:||act law|