1. [ verb ] spend thoughtlessly; throw away
Synonyms: squander blow

"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
Synonyms: dissipation wastefulness

: "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
Synonyms: wastefulness thriftlessness

"a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste" "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"

Related terms: improvidence
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"

Related terms: inhospitable
7. [ verb ] lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
Synonyms: languish pine_away

"After her husband died, she just pined away"

Related terms: weaken languisher
8. [ verb ] cause to grow thin or weak
Synonyms: macerate emaciate

"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
Synonyms: wasteland barren

"the barrens of central Africa" "the trackless wastes of the desert"

Related terms: wilderness heath
11. [ verb ] run off as waste
Synonyms: run_off

: "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"

Related terms: discard
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
Synonyms: rot

"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

"waste paper"

Related terms: useless
17. [ noun ] (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
Synonyms: permissive_waste
Related terms: act law
Similar spelling:   waist