- A waste land; an unhabited desolate region; a wilderness.
- A place that has been lay waste, laid waste or destroyed.
- A large tract of uncultivated land.
- A vaste expanse of water.
- A disused mine or part of one.
- The action or progress of wasting; extravagant consumption or ineffectual use.
verb (wastes, wasting, wasted)
- That was a waste of time
- Her life seemed a waste
- Large abundance of something, especially without it being used.
- Gradual loss or decay.
- A decaying of the body by disease.
- (rare) Destruction or devastation caused by war or natural disasters.
- Excess of material, useless by-products or damaged, unsaleable products; garbage; rubbish.
- Excrement (animal waste, human waste).
- (transitive) Devastate or destroy.
- (transitive) Use up, diminish, reduce by gradual loss; decay; emaciate.
- After he lost hope, he wasted away.
- (transitive) Squander money or resources uselessly; spend time idly.
- We wasted millions of dollars and several years on that project.
- (context, transitive, slang) Kill; murder.
- (intransitive) Gradually lose weight or weaken.
Etymology: From Old North French wast(e) < Latin vastum
- Uncultivated or unhabited; barren; desert.
- Rejected as being defective; eliminated as being worthless; produced in excess.
- Superfluous; needless.
- Unfortunate; Disappointing.
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