Meaning of WASTE in English


■ verb

1》 use carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose.

↘(usu. be ~d on ) expend on an unappreciative recipient: small talk was ~d on him.

↘fail to make full or good use of.

2》 (often ~ away ) become progressively weaker and more emaciated.

3》 literary lay ~ to.

4》 N. Amer. informal kill or severely injure.

5》 [as adjective ~d ] informal under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

6》 literary (of time) pass away.

■ adjective

1》 eliminated or discarded as no longer useful or required.

2》 (of an area of land, typically an urban one) not used, cultivated, or built on.

■ noun

1》 an act or instance of wasting.

2》 unusable or unwanted material.

3》 a large area of barren, typically uninhabited land.

4》 Law damage to an estate caused by an act or by neglect, especially by a life tenant.


go to ~ be ~d.

lay ~ to (or lay something (to) ~ ) completely destroy.

~ of space informal a person perceived as useless.


ME: from Old North. Fr. wast(e) (n.), ~r (v.), based on L. vastus 'unoccupied, uncultivated'.

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