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These verbs mean to spend or expend without restraint and often to no avail: wasted my inheritance; blew a fortune at the casino; dissipated their energies in pointless argument; frittering away her entire allowance; squandered his talent on writing jingles.
v. wast•ed, wast•ing,
n., adj. v.t.
- wastrel - Pronounced WAYS-trul, it is either a wasteful or worthless person, derived from the verb "waste," from Latin vastus, "desert, waste."
- bratwurst - From German Brat, "meat without waste," and Wurst, "sausage."
- eat your heart out - Goes back as far as Diogenes Laertius, who credited Pythagoras with saying "Do not eat your heart"—meaning "Don't waste your life worrying about something"—2,500 years ago.
- sullage - Waste from household sinks, showers, and baths—but not toilets; it also figuratively means filth or refuse.
- In delay we waste our lights in vain, like lamps by day —William Shakespeare
- Wasted his wealth like spittle —Stephen Vincent Benet
- Wasted more money in a day than a Boeing 747 full of proverbial welfare queens could have squandered in a century —Hodding Carter III, Wall Street Journal March 30, 1986
Carter’s simile referred to new defense spending policies.
- Wasteful as drunkenness at undue times —Robert Browning
- Wasteful as regrets —Anon
These words are both pronounced
Waist is a noun. Your waist is the middle part of your body, above your hips.
Waste is most commonly a verb. If you waste time, money, or energy, you use it on something that is unimportant or unnecessary.
You can also say that something is a waste of time, money, or energy.
Waste also refers to material that has been used and is no longer wanted, for example because the useful part has been removed.
Past participle: wasted
|Noun||1.||waste - 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"|
material, stuff - the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
dross, impurity - worthless or dangerous material that should be removed; "there were impurities in the water"
body waste, excrement, excreta, excretory product, excretion - waste matter (as urine or sweat but especially feces) discharged from the body
pollutant - waste matter that contaminates the water or air or soil
slop - (usually plural) waste water from a kitchen or bathroom or chamber pot that has to be emptied by hand; "she carried out the sink slops"
|2.||waste - 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"|
boondoggle - work of little or no value done merely to look busy
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
waste of material - a useless consumption of material
waste of money - money spent for inadequate return; "the senator said that the project was a waste of money"
waste of time - the devotion of time to a useless activity; "the waste of time could prove fatal"
squandering - spending resources lavishly and wastefully; "more wasteful than the squandering of time"
|3.||waste - the trait of wasting resources; "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"; "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"|
|4.||waste - an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"|
heathland, heath - a tract of level wasteland; uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation
|5.||waste - (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect|
|Verb||1.||waste - spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"|
blow - spend lavishly or wastefully on; "He blew a lot of money on his new home theater"
burn - spend (significant amounts of money); "He has money to burn"
|2.||waste - use inefficiently or inappropriately; "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"|
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize - put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"
|3.||waste - get rid of; "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"|
|4.||waste - run off as waste; "The water wastes back into the ocean"|
|5.||waste - get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized"|
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"
|6.||waste - spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not"|
fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, fool, dissipate, shoot - spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's inheritance"
overspend - spend at a high rate
|7.||waste - lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away"|
weaken - become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"
|8.||waste - cause to grow thin or weak; "The treatment emaciated him"|
|9.||waste - cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"|
ruin, destroy - destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"
ruin - reduce to ruins; "The country lay ruined after the war"
|10.||waste - become physically weaker; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"|
degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop - grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match"
|Adj.||1.||waste - located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places"|
inhospitable - unfavorable to life or growth; "the barren inhospitable desert"; "inhospitable mountain areas"
squander save, protect, preserve, conserve, economize, husband
squandering saving, economy, thrift, good housekeeping, frugality
unwanted needed, necessary, utilized
"It's no use making shoes for geese"
I hate waste → odio el desperdicio or el derroche
what a waste! → ¡qué desperdicio or derroche!
her death is a terrible waste → su muerte es una terrible pérdida
there was no waste on that meat → esa carne no tenía desperdicio
an effort to locate and eliminate government waste → una campaña para identificar y eliminar las áreas de ineficacia en el gobierno
to go to waste → echarse a perder, desperdiciarse
it's a waste of money → es dinero perdido, es tirar or derrochar el dinero
it's a waste of time → es una pérdida de tiempo
it's a waste of effort → es un esfuerzo inútil
that man's a waste of space! → ¡ese hombre es un inútil!
household waste → basura f doméstica
human waste → excrementos mpl
nuclear waste → desechos mpl or residuos mpl nucleares
toxic waste → desechos mpl or residuos mpl tóxicos
I wasted a whole day on that journey → perdí un día entero haciendo ese viaje
don't waste your time trying to persuade her → no pierdas el tiempo intentando persuadirla
to waste no time in doing sth → no tardar en hacer algo
don't waste your efforts on him → no derroches tus esfuerzos or energías con él
all my efforts were wasted → todos mis esfuerzos fueron inútiles
sarcasm is wasted on him → con él el sarcasmo es inútil
caviar is wasted on him → no sabe apreciar el caviar
nothing is wasted → no se desperdicia nada, no se echa a perder nada
you're wasting your breath! → ¡estás gastando saliva!
cancer was wasting his body → el cáncer lo estaba consumiendo or debilitando
waste heat N → calor m residual
waste management N → tratamiento m de desechos, tratamiento m de residuos
waste material N → material m de desecho
waste matter N (industrial) → residuos mpl; (from body) → excrementos mpl
waste paper N → papel m de desecho
waste pipe N → tubería f de desagüe
waste products NPL (industrial) → residuos mpl; (from body) → excrementos mpl
waste water N → aguas fpl residuales
It's a waste of money → C'est un gaspillage d'argent.
It's a waste of time → C'est une perte de temps.
it's a waste of time doing sth → c'est une perte de temps que de faire qch
it's such a waste! → c'est vraiment du gaspillage!
what a waste! → quel gaspillage!
to go to waste → être gaspillé(e)
to reduce waste → réduire le gaspillage
household waste → déchets ménagers
nuclear waste → déchets nucléaires
industrial waste → déchets industriels
a waste energy site → une installation de coïncinération waste materials
I don't like wasting money → Je n'aime pas gaspiller l'argent.
There's no time to waste → Il n'y a pas de temps à perdre.
to waste time doing sth → perdre du temps à faire qch
to waste a good scoring chance → vendanger une belle occasion de but
you're wasting your time → vous perdez votre temps wastes
to lay waste → devastare
it's a waste of money → è uno spreco di denaro
it's a waste of effort → è fatica sprecata
it's a waste of breath → è fiato sprecato
it's a waste of time doing that → è tempo sprecato
to go to waste → andare sprecato/a
nuclear waste → scorie mpl radioattive
you didn't waste much time finding a replacement! (iro) → non hai perso tempo a rimpiazzarmi!
he's wasted in that job → è sprecato in quel lavoro
sarcasm is wasted on him → non afferra il sarcasmo
to waste one's breath → sprecare (il) fiato
waste not, want not (Proverb) → chi risparmia guadagna