(noun, adjective, verb)


1. located in a dismal or remote area; desolate

- waste places

Similar word(s): inhospitable, godforsaken, wild


1. any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted

- they collect the waste once a week

- much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers

Definition categories: substance, material, stuff

2. useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly

- if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste

Similar word(s): dissipation, wastefulness

Definition categories: act, activity

3. the trait of wasting resources

- a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste

- the wastefulness of missed opportunities

Similar word(s): thriftlessness, wastefulness

Definition categories: attribute, improvidence, shortsightedness

4. an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

- the trackless wastes of the desert

Similar word(s): barren, wasteland

Definition categories: location, wild, wilderness

5. (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect

Definition categories: act, deed

Sentences with waste as a noun:

- That was a waste of time

- Her life seemed a waste

- The cage was littered with animal waste


1. spend thoughtlessly; throw away

- He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends

Similar word(s): blow, squander

Definition categories: possession, expend, use

2. use inefficiently or inappropriately

- waste heat

- waste a joke on an unappreciative audience

Definition categories: consumption, apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

3. get rid of

- We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer

Definition categories: possession, discard, dispose, fling, toss

4. run off as waste

- The water wastes back into the ocean

Definition categories: motion, course, feed, flow, run

5. get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing

Similar word(s): liquidate, neutralise, neutralize

Definition categories: contact, kill

6. spend extravagantly

- waste not, want not

Similar word(s): consume, squander, ware

Definition categories: consumption, drop, expend, spend

7. lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

Similar word(s): languish

Definition categories: change, weaken

8. cause to grow thin or weak

Similar word(s): emaciate, macerate

Definition categories: change, debilitate, drain, enfeeble

9. cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

- The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion

Similar word(s): desolate, devastate, ravage, scourge

Definition categories: change, destroy, ruin

10. become physically weaker

Similar word(s): rot

Definition categories: body, degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop

Sentences with waste as a verb:

- E. Kay (1822-1897), afterwards Lord Justice of Appeal, had rooms on the same staircase as myself, and we wasted a great deal of time together, both in term and in my second summer vacation. 1909. Francis Galton, Memories of my life, p. 69.We wasted millions of dollars and several years on that project.