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waste

adjective (a)

  • Desolate; devastated; stripped; bare; hence, dreary; dismal; gloomy; cheerless. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted (noun.substance)
    Example:
    They collect the waste once a week.
    Much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers.
    source: wordnet30
  • useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly (noun.act)
    Example:
    If the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste.
    source: wordnet30
  • the trait of wasting resources (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    A life characterized by thriftlessness and waste.
    The wastefulness of missed opportunities.
    source: wordnet30
  • an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation (noun.location)
    Synonym: barren, wasteland
    Example:
    The trackless wastes of the desert.
    source: wordnet30
  • (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • The act of wasting, or the state of being wasted; a squandering; needless destruction; useless consumption or expenditure; devastation; loss without equivalent gain; gradual loss or decrease, by use, wear, or decay; as, a waste of property, time, labor, words, etc. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • Material derived by mechanical and chemical erosion from the land, carried by streams to the sea. (noun)
    source: webster1913

adjective satellite (s)

  • located in a dismal or remote area; desolate (adj.all)
    Synonym: godforsaken, wild
    Example:
    Waste places.
    source: wordnet30

verb (v)

  • spend thoughtlessly; throw away (verb.possession)
    Example:
    He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends.
    source: wordnet30
  • use inefficiently or inappropriately (verb.consumption)
    Example:
    Waste heat.
    Waste a joke on an unappreciative audience.
    source: wordnet30
  • get rid of (verb.possession)
    Example:
    We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer.
    source: wordnet30
  • run off as waste (verb.motion)
    Synonym: run off
    Example:
    The water wastes back into the ocean.
    source: wordnet30
  • get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • spend extravagantly (verb.consumption)
    Synonym: consume, squander, ware
    Example:
    Waste not, want not.
    source: wordnet30
  • lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief (verb.change)
    Synonym: languish, pine away
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to grow thin or weak (verb.change)
    Synonym: emaciate, macerate
    source: wordnet30
  • cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly (verb.change)
    Example:
    The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion.
    source: wordnet30
  • become physically weaker (verb.body)
    Synonym: rot
    source: wordnet30
  • To bring to ruin; to devastate; to desolate; to destroy. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To be diminished; to lose bulk, substance, strength, value, or the like, gradually; to be consumed; to dwindle; to grow less. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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