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  Definition of Waste
  1. 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"
  2. (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
  3. the trait of wasting resources; "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"; "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"
  4. an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"
  5. any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted; "they collect the waste once a week"; "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
  6. waste away; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
  7. devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
  8. cause to grow thin or weak; "The treatment emaciated him"
  9. lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away"
  10. spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not"
  11. use inefficiently or inappropriately; "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
  12. get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized"
  13. run off as waste; "The water wastes back into the ocean"
  14. get rid of; "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
  15. spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
  16. located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places"
  17. disposed of as useless; "waste paper"
Similar Words: wastefulness, dissipation, permissive waste, thriftlessness, barren, wasteland, waste material, waste matter, waste product, rot, lay waste to, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge, emaciate, macerate, pine away, languish, consume, squander, ware, neutralize, neutralise, liquidate, knock off, do in, run off, blow, desert, godforsaken, wild, cast-off(a), discarded, junked, scrap(a)


Hyponyms: boondoggle, waste of effort, waste of energy, waste of material, waste of money, waste of time, extravagance, prodigality, lavishness, highlife, high life, squandering, heath, heathland, impurity, dross, exhaust, exhaust fumes, fumes, body waste, excretion, excreta, excrement, excretory product, filth, crud, skank, sewage, sewerage, effluent, wastewater, sewer water, garbage, refuse, food waste, scraps, pollutant, rubbish, trash, scrap, toxic waste, toxic industrial waste, necrose, gangrene, mortify, sphacelate, ruin, fritter, frivol away, dissipate, shoot, fritter away, fool, fool away, luxuriate, wanton, lavish, shower, overspend, splurge, fling, burn


Grouped Verbs: blow


Derivational Morphology: fritter, frivol away, dissipate, shoot, fritter away, fool, fool away, blow, squander, consume, ware, run off, wastage, bane, curse, scourge, nemesis, ravage, depredation, ravaging, devastation, bleakness, desolation, destruction, destroyer, ruiner, undoer, waster, uprooter, bonyness, emaciation, gauntness, maceration, cachexia, cachexy, wasting, languisher, wastefulness, dissipation, wastrel, prodigal, profligate, squanderer, squandering, thriftlessness, elimination, liquidation, murderer, liquidator, manslayer, overflow, runoff, overspill, waste material, waste matter, waste product


Anagrams: sweat, tawse


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