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Etymology

From Old North French wast(e) < Latin vastum

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Noun

Singular
waste

Plural
s

waste (s)
  1. A waste land; an uninhabited desolate region; a wilderness.
  2. A place that has been laid waste or destroyed.
  3. A large tract of uncultivated land.
  4. A vaste expanse of water.
  5. A disused mine or part of one.
  6. The action or progress of wasting; extravagant consumption or ineffectual use.
    That was a waste of time
    Her life seemed a waste
  7. Large abundance of something, especially without it being used.
  8. Gradual loss or decay.
  9. A decaying of the body by disease; wasting away.
  10. (rare) Destruction or devastation caused by war or natural disasters; See "to lay waste"
  11. Excess of material, useless by-products or damaged, unsaleable products; garbage; rubbish.
  12. excrement (animal waste, human waste).

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Adjective

waste

  1. Uncultivated or unhabited; barren; desert.
  2. Rejected as being defective; eliminated as being worthless; produced in excess.
  3. Superfluous; needless.
  4. Unfortunate; Disappointing.

Usage notes

Same meanings as wasted.

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Verb

Infinitive
to waste

Third person singular
wastes

Simple past
wasted

Past participle
-

Present participle
wasting

to waste (third-person singular simple present wastes, present participle wasting, simple past and past participle wasted)
  1. (transitive) Devastate or destroy.
  2. (transitive) Use up, diminish, reduce by gradual loss; decay; emaciate.
    After he lost hope, he wasted away.
  3. (transitive) Squander money or resources uselessly; spend time idly.
    We wasted millions of dollars and several years on that project.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Kill; murder.
  5. (intransitive) Gradually lose weight or weaken.

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Dutch

Verb

waste

  1. The singular past tense of wassen. (to wash)

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