waste ( defs 26–28 ).
done to no avail; useless: wasted efforts.
physically or psychologically exhausted; debilitated: to be wasted by a long illness.
Slang. overcome by the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Archaic. (of time) gone by.

1400–50; late Middle English; see waste, -ed2

wastedness, noun
unwasted, adjective
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wasted (ˈweɪstɪd)
1.  not exploited or taken advantage of: a wasted opportunity
2.  useless or unprofitable: wasted effort
3.  physically enfeebled and emaciated: a thin wasted figure
4.  slang showing signs of habitual drug abuse

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, "devastate, ravage, ruin," from Anglo-Fr. and O.N.Fr. waster "to spoil, ruin" (O.Fr. guaster), altered (by influence of Frankish *wostjan) from L. vastare "lay waste," from vastus "empty, desolate, waste" (see vain). The word also existed in O.E. as westan. Meaning
"to lose strength or health; pine; weaken" is attested from c.1300; the sense of "squander, spend or consume uselessly" is first recorded mid-14c.; meaning "to kill" is from 1964. Wasted "intoxicated" is slang from 1950s. The adj. is recorded from late 13c.; waste-water is attested from mid-15c.; waste-paper first recorded 1580s.

c.1200, "desolate regions," from O.Fr. wast, from L. vastum, neut. of vastus "waste" (see waste (v.)); replacing O.E. westen, woesten "a desert, wilderness," from the L. word. Meaning "useless expenditure" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "refuse matter" is attested from
c.1430. Waste basket first recorded 1850.
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Medical Dictionary

waste (wāst)
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.

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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.

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