Meaning of WASTE in English



Function: verb

Inflected Form: wast · ed ; wast · ing

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French waster, gaster, from Latin vastare, from vastus desolate, waste

Date: 13th century

transitive verb

1 : to lay waste especially : to damage or destroy gradually and progressively <reclaiming land wasted by strip-mining>

2 : to cause to shrink in physical bulk or strength : EMACIATE , ENFEEBLE <a body wasted by disease>

3 : to wear away or diminish gradually : CONSUME

4 a : to spend or use carelessly : SQUANDER < waste valuable resources> b : to allow to be used inefficiently or become dissipated <a writer wasting her talent>

5 : KILL also : to injure severely

intransitive verb

1 : to lose weight, strength, or vitality ― often used with away <was wasting away from illness>

2 a : to become diminished in bulk or substance b : to become consumed

3 : to spend money or consume property extravagantly or improvidently

synonyms see RAVAGE

– waste one's breath : to accomplish nothing by speaking

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.