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Dictionary definition for: Waste

1. (n) 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"

2. (s) disposed of as useless; "waste paper"

3. (v) spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends" "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"

4. (n) useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste" "mindless dissipation of natural resources"

5. (s) located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; "a desert island" "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads" "a wild stretch of land" "waste places"

6. (v) use inefficiently or inappropriately; "waste heat" "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"

7. (n) the trait of wasting resources; "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste" "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"

8. (v) get rid of; "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"

9. (n) an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa" "the trackless wastes of the desert"

10. (v) run off as waste; "The water wastes back into the ocean"

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

12. (v) get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The mafia liquidated the informer" "the double agent was neutralized"

13. (v) spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not"

14. (v) lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away"

15. (v) cause to grow thin or weak; "The treatment emaciated him"

16. (v) devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"

17. (v) waste away; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"

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