|—vb (when intr, |
|1.||(tr) to use, consume, or expend thoughtlessly, carelessly, or to no avail|
|2.||(tr) to fail to take advantage of: to waste an opportunity|
|3.||to lose or cause to lose bodily strength, health, etc|
|4.||to exhaust or become exhausted|
|5.||(tr) to ravage|
|6.||informal (tr) to murder or kill: I want that guy wasted by tomorrow|
|7.||the act of wasting or state of being wasted|
|8.||a failure to take advantage of something|
|9.||anything unused or not used to full advantage|
|10.||anything or anyone rejected as useless, worthless, or in excess of what is required|
|11.||garbage, rubbish, or trash|
|12.||a land or region that is devastated or ruined|
|13.||a land or region that is wild or uncultivated|
|a. the useless products of metabolism|
|b. indigestible food residue|
|15.||disintegrated rock material resulting from erosion|
|16.||law reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect, esp by a life-tenant|
|17.||rejected as useless, unwanted, or worthless|
|18.||produced in excess of what is required|
|19.||not cultivated, inhabited, or productive: waste land|
|20.||a. of or denoting the useless products of metabolism|
|b. of or denoting indigestible food residue|
|21.||destroyed, devastated, or ruined|
|22.||designed to contain or convey waste products|
|23.||lay waste to devastate or destroy|
|[C13: from Anglo-French waster, from Latin vastāre to lay waste, from vastus empty]|
v. wast·ed, wast·ing, wastes
To gradually lose energy, strength, or bodily substance, as from disease. n.
The undigested residue of food eliminated from the body; excrement.
waste [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (wāst) Pronunciation Key |
Noun An unusable or unwanted substance or material, such as a waste product. See also hazardous waste, landfill.
Verb To lose or cause to lose energy, strength, weight, or vigor, as by the progressive effects of a disease such as metastatic cancer.
Ravage, ruin, as in The hurricane laid waste the entire seashore. Originally referring to the devastation caused by attackers, this term has come to be used more generally.