wasteful


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waste·ful

 (wāst′fəl)
adj.
Marked by or inclined to waste; extravagant.

waste′ful·ly adv.
waste′ful·ness n.

wasteful

(ˈweɪstfʊl)
adj
1. tending to waste or squander; extravagant
2. causing waste, destruction, or devastation
ˈwastefully adv
ˈwastefulness n

waste•ful

(ˈweɪst fəl)

adj.
1. given to or characterized by useless consumption or expenditure: a wasteful way of living.
2. grossly extravagant; prodigal: a wasteful party.
3. devastating or destructive: wasteful war.
[1250–1300]
waste′ful•ly, adv.
waste′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wasteful - inefficient in use of time and effort and materialswasteful - inefficient in use of time and effort and materials; "a clumsy and wasteful process"; "wasteful duplication of effort"; "uneconomical ebb and flow of power"
inefficient - not producing desired results; wasteful; "an inefficient campaign against drugs"; "outdated and inefficient design and methods"
2.wasteful - tending to squander and wastewasteful - tending to squander and waste  
improvident - not provident; not providing for the future
thrifty - careful and diligent in the use of resources
3.wasteful - laying waste; "when wasteful war shall statues overturn"- Shakespeare
destructive - causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"

wasteful

wasteful

adjective
Characterized by excessive or imprudent spending:
Translations
تَبْذيري، فيه مَضْيَعَه
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potraten

wasteful

[ˈweɪstfʊl] ADJ [person] → despilfarrador, derrochador; [process, method] → antieconómico; [expenditure] → pródigo, excesivo
to be wasteful with sthdespilfarrar algo, desperdiciar algo
the government is wasteful of taxpayers' moneyel gobierno despilfarra or derrocha los impuestos de los contribuyentes
war is wasteful of human livesla guerra supone un desperdicio de vidas humanas

wasteful

[ˈweɪstfʊl] adj [person] → qui gaspille; [process] → peu économique
Try to avoid wasteful duplication of effort
BUT Essayez d'éviter de répéter inutilement les efforts.
don't be wasteful → ne gaspille pas
to be wasteful of sth → gaspiller qch
British houses are notoriously wasteful of energy
BUT Les maisons britanniques sont notoires pour les gaspillages d'énergie qu'elles occasionnent.

wasteful

adjverschwenderisch; method, processaufwendig, aufwändig, unwirtschaftlich; expenditureunnütz; leaving all the lights on is a wasteful habites ist Verschwendung, überall Licht brennen zu lassen; to be wasteful with somethingverschwenderisch mit etw umgehen; it is wasteful of effortes ist unnötiger Aufwand; this project is wasteful of our resourcesdieses Projekt ist eine unnütze Vergeudung unserer Ressourcen

wasteful

[ˈweɪstfʊl] adj (person) → sprecone/a; (process) → dispendioso/a
to be wasteful with or of sth → sprecare qc

waste

(weist) verb
to fail to use (something) fully or in the correct or most useful way. You're wasting my time with all these stupid questions.
noun
1. material which is or has been made useless. industrial waste from the factories; (also adjective) waste material.
2. (the) act of wasting. That was a waste of an opportunity.
3. a huge stretch of unused or infertile land, or of water, desert, ice etc. the Arctic wastes.
ˈwastage (-tidʒ) noun
loss by wasting; the amount wasted. Of the total amount, roughly 20% was wastage.
ˈwasteful adjective
involving or causing waste. Throwing away that bread is wasteful.
ˈwastefully adverb
ˈwastefulness noun
waste paper
paper which is thrown away as not being useful. Offices usually have a great deal of waste paper.
wastepaper basket (ˈweispeipə)
a basket or other (small) container for waste paper. Put those old letters in the wastepaper basket.
waste pipe (ˈweispaip)
a pipe to carry off waste material, or water from a sink etc. The kitchen waste pipe is blocked.
waste away
to decay; to lose weight, strength and health etc. He is wasting away because he has a terrible disease.
References in classic literature ?
The growing piles of ashes and cinders in the back yards were the only evidence that the wasteful, consuming process of life went on at all.
I tell you, Uncas," said the former, as Heyward joined them, "you are wasteful of your powder, and the kick of the rifle disconcerts your aim
Accustomed, for many years, to regard his master's property as his own care, Tom saw, with an uneasiness he could scarcely repress, the wasteful expenditure of the establishment; and, in the quiet, indirect way which his class often acquire, would sometimes make his own suggestions.
A prevalent feature in these compositions was a nursed and petted melancholy; another was a wasteful and opulent gush of "fine language"; another was a tendency to lug in by the ears particularly prized words and phrases until they were worn entirely out; and a peculiarity that conspicuously marked and marred them was the inveterate and intolerable sermon that wagged its crippled tail at the end of each and every one of them.
If anyone had told me, then, that all this was a brilliant game, played for the excitement of the moment, for the employment of high spirits, in the thoughtless love of superiority, in a mere wasteful careless course of winning what was worthless to him, and next minute thrown away - I say, if anyone had told me such a lie that night, I wonder in what manner of receiving it my indignation would have found a vent
If it was from economy, and you are anxious to teach me not to be wasteful, you have no cause for alarm.
I remember I flung away the cigar with a certain wasteful symbolism.
Rival parties of trappers soon exhaust the streams, especially when competition renders them heedless and wasteful of the beaver.
A wasteful expense of energy and labour was frequently the consequence; Frances toiled for and with her pupils like a drudge, but it was long ere her conscientious exertions were rewarded by anything like docility on their part, because they saw that they had power over her, inasmuch as by resisting her painful attempts to convince, persuade, control--by forcing her to the employment of coercive measures--they could inflict upon her exquisite suffering.
A deep and careless incision had been made into each tree, near its root, into which little spouts, formed of the I bark of the alder, or of the sumach, were fastened; and a trough, roughly dug out of the linden, or basswood, was I lying at the root of each tree, to catch the sap that flowed from this extremely wasteful and inartificial arrangement.
Grant's wasteful doings to overlook, left her very little occasion to be occupied in fears for the absent.
Astor, whose property he considers at the mercy of a most heterogeneous and wasteful crew.