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waste

waste

 
pronunciation:
weIst
parts of speech:
verb, noun, adjective
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part of speech: verb
inflections: wasted, wastes, wasting
definition 1: to use or spend in a careless way or for little or no return.
He wasted his money at the carnival.
antonyms:
conserve, save, spare
similar words:
blow, drain, exhaust, lavish
definition 2: to fail to use or take full advantage of.
He wasted the chance to go to college.
synonyms:
miss
similar words:
blow, lose
definition 3: to cause to become more weak.
The cold weather wasted the old woman.
synonyms:
exhaust, tire
similar words:
drain, weaken, wear out
definition 4: to become weak or exhausted.
The old man's health was wasting away.
synonyms:
tire, weaken
similar words:
decay, droop, fatigue, wane, wilt
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of wasting or state of being wasted.
Going to the sale was a waste of time.
similar words:
destruction, misuse, ruin, wreckage
definition 2: useless matter thrown away during a particular process.
The factory poured its waste into the river.
synonyms:
by-product
similar words:
garbage, litter, pollution, rubbish
definition 3: material given off by the body after food is digested.
There were portable bathrooms at the festival to dispose of human waste.
synonyms:
urine
similar words:
dung
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: seen as useless or worthless.
We put our waste food in the compost pile.
synonyms:
useless, worthless
similar words:
extra, unnecessary
definition 2: used for garbage or refuse.
I emptied the waste container.
Homophone Note
The word waste and waist (a part of the human body) sound alike but have different meanings.
Word Builder: waste +
  • wastebasket:
    a basket or large can that you put garbage in.
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