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waste away

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwaste away phrasal verbMITHIN PERSONto gradually become thinner and weaker, usually because you are ill waste→ See Verb table
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waste awayIf the patient does not first surrender to a fungus, bacterium or cancer, he wastes away.Their long shins are clearly defined, yet the fatty calves have wasted away.In the aquarium, without a fish as a companion, some anemones eventually waste away and die.Now she was literally wasting away, and his visits were still infrequent.There was nothing we could do -- she just wasted away and within six weeks she was dead.His muscles were slowly wasting away because of his illness.The muscle has the ability to recoil, but when it wastes away, the tissue hasn't.Respiratory victims commonly wasted away to skin-covered bones.The answer, if not excuse, is that wrestling might have wasted away without his money.Victims lay wasting away, yet heavy in their immobility.
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Verb table
waste
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theywaste
he, she, itwastes
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywasted
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave wasted
he, she, ithas wasted
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad wasted
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill waste
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have wasted
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam wasting
he, she, itis wasting
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you, we, theyare wasting
Past
I, he, she, itwas wasting
you, we, theywere wasting
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been wasting
he, she, ithas been wasting
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been wasting
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be wasting
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been wasting
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