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English adjective: waste

1. waste located in a dismal or remote area; desolate

SamplesA desert island.
A godforsaken wilderness crossroads.
A wild stretch of land.
Waste places.

Synonymsgodforsaken, wild



English noun: waste

1. waste (substance) any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted

SamplesThey collect the waste once a week.
Much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers.

Synonymswaste material, waste matter, waste product

Broader (hypernym)material, stuff

Narrower (hyponym)body waste, crud, dross, effluent, excrement, excreta, excretion, excretory product, exhaust, exhaust fumes, filth, food waste, fumes, garbage, impurity, pollutant, refuse, rubbish, scrap, scraps, sewage, sewer water, sewerage, skank, slop, toxic industrial waste, toxic waste, trash, wastewater

2. waste (act) useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly

SamplesIf the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste.
Mindless dissipation of natural resources.

Synonymsdissipation, wastefulness

Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)boondoggle, extravagance, high life, highlife, lavishness, prodigality, squandering, waste of effort, waste of energy, waste of material, waste of money, waste of time

3. waste (attribute) the trait of wasting resources

SamplesA life characterized by thriftlessness and waste.
The wastefulness of missed opportunities.

Synonymsthriftlessness, wastefulness

Broader (hypernym)improvidence, shortsightedness

4. waste (location) an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

SamplesThe barrens of central Africa.
The trackless wastes of the desert.

Synonymsbarren, wasteland

Broader (hypernym)wild, wilderness

Narrower (hyponym)heath, heathland

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

Synonymspermissive waste

Broader (hypernym)act, deed, human action, human activity

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

English verb: waste

1. waste (possession) spend thoughtlessly; throw away

SamplesHe wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends.
You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree.

Synonymsblow, squander

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)expend, use

Narrower (hyponym)burn

Verb groupblow

Antonymseconomize, husband, economise, conserve

2. waste (consumption) use inefficiently or inappropriately

SamplesWaste heat.
Waste a joke on an unappreciative audience.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

3. waste (possession) get rid of

SamplesWe waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, discard, dispose, fling, put away, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out

4. waste (motion) run off as waste

SamplesThe water wastes back into the ocean.

Synonymsrun off

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)course, feed, flow, run

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

SamplesThe mafia liquidated the informer.
The double agent was neutralized.

ExamplesThey want to waste the prisoners

Synonymsdo in, knock off, liquidate, neutralise, neutralize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)kill

6. waste (consumption) spend extravagantly

SamplesWaste not, want not.

Synonymsconsume, squander, ware

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)drop, expend, spend

Narrower (hyponym)dissipate, fling, fool, fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, lavish, luxuriate, overspend, shoot, shower, splurge, wanton

7. waste (change) lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

SamplesAfter her husband died, she just pined away.

Synonymslanguish, pine away

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)weaken

8. waste (change) cause to grow thin or weak

SamplesThe treatment emaciated him.

Synonymsemaciate, macerate

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)debilitate, drain, enfeeble


9. waste (change) cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

SamplesThe enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion.

Synonymsdesolate, devastate, lay waste to, ravage, scourge

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)destroy, ruin

Narrower (hyponym)ruin

10. waste (body) become physically weaker

SamplesPolitical prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop

Narrower (hyponym)gangrene, mortify, necrose, sphacelate

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