From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwastewaste1 /weɪst/ ●●●S2W3 noun1bad use [singular, uncountable]WASTE something when something such as money or skills are not used in a way that is effective, useful, or sensiblewaste ofBeing unemployed is such a waste of your talents.Many believe that state aid is a waste of taxpayers’ money.What a waste of all that good work!excessive waste in state spending2 →go to waste3 →be a waste of time/money/effort etc4unwanted materials [uncountable]RUBBISH/WASTEunwantedmaterials or substances that are left after you have used somethingThe emphasis now is on recycling waste. →nuclear waste, toxic waste5 →a waste of space6 →wastes →waste ground, wastelandCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 4: unwanted materials or substances that are left after you have used somethingverbsrecycle wasteHow much of our household waste is recycled?dispose of wasteenvironmentally friendly ways to dispose of wastedump wasteThey were fined for illegally dumping waste.incinerate waste (=burn it)For many years, solid waste was incinerated.reprocess waste (=treat radioactive waste so that it can be used again)The plant reprocesses nuclear waste.adjectiveshousehold/domestic wasteNewspapers and magazines make up 10% of household waste.industrial/chemical wastepollution caused by industrial wastehazardous/toxic wastethe illegal dumping of hazardous wasteradioactive/nuclear wasteplans for the safe transportation of radioactive wasteorganic waste (=waste from plants, fruits, and vegetables)Organic waste can be composted to make garden fertilizer.human waste (=from people going to the toilet)The prison was full of the smell of human waste.waste + NOUNa waste pipea washing machine waste pipe
waste• I wasted 40 minuteswaiting for a bus this morning.• You actually hope the time and money spent on insurance will be wasted.• Billwastes all his money on beer and cigarettes.• He had a remotemanner and didn't waste an atom of energy talking to anyone on the set except Zimmer.• The school kitchenwastes an awful lot of food.• Let's not waste any more time on this.• By fencing money into line items, in other words, we waste billions of dollars every year.• I felt enough time had been wasted, but time didn't seem to mean anything to Brando.• Don't leave the light on - you're wastingelectricity.• Sometimes she feels she's wasted her life.• Back in the United States, Alvin wasted no time in proposing ways of doing that on futuremoderndancetours.• She wasted no time in writing to me and commanding me to return home at once.• One of the men threatened to waste the bankteller if he didn't get the money.• Stop wasting time. We have to finish this by five o'clock.• I must have wasted two whole hours trying to fix this machine.• The guests with a morning to waste until the ceremony at two o'clock got under everyone's feet.• Letting the water run while you brush your teethwastes water.waste something on somebody/something• I can't believe you wasted $500 on a new dress!
wastewaste3 ●●○W3 adjective [only before noun]1SGwaste materials, substances etc are unwanted because the good part of them has been removed2SGAREAwaste land is empty or not looked after by anyone →wasteland, → lay wasteat lay2(11)
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waste• Nor are waste dumps the only things being shaken-up.• Inefficientrecoverypractices have left metal-rich waste dumps which have often been levelled or used as roadstone.• The waste form and the cannister should act as barriers for 1000 years each.• Beyond the rearingbuildings the waste ground was empty.• In 1875 and 1876 the Corporationpurchased 3,000 acres of the open waste lands of the forestmanors.• The waters off North Carolina hostnumerousfish, a potentialbiologicalvector for transport of waste materials.• a sewagewastepipe• a wastetankFrom Longman Business Dictionarywastewaste1 /weɪst/ noun1[uncountable] unwanted materials or substances that are left after a particular processThe factory’s byproduct waste is used to feed pigs.illegal disposal ofhazardous wasteOur primary business is industrial waste collection, treatment and disposal services.government guidelines fortoxic waste disposal2[singular, uncountable] things such as money or skills that should be used effectively, but are notTry as he might, the new manager couldn’t overcome the waste and inefficiency that had plagued the plant for years.Sales of natural gas at present prices would be awaste of companyassets. —waste adjective [only before a noun]the recycling of waste materialswastewaste2 verb [transitive]to use more of something, especially time or money, than you need to, or use it in a way that is not sensibleA prominent economist has suggested that the government wasted $200 billion during the oil-price boom.We waste a lot of time and legal fees on defending our trademarks rather than tending to business.→ See Verb table