Sense: 1-5
Date: 1200-1300
Origin: WASTE2
Sense: 6
Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old North French
Origin: wast, from wast (adjective); WASTE3


1 noun
Related topics: Environment and waste
waste1 S2 W3

bad use

[singular, uncountable] when something such as money or skills are not used in a way that is effective, useful, or sensible
waste of
Being 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 spending

go to waste

if something goes to waste, it is not used:
Don't let all this food go to waste.

be a waste of time/money/effort etc

to be not worth the time, money etc that you use because there is little or no result:
We should never have gone - it was a total waste of time.

unwanted materials

[uncountable] unwanted materials or substances that are left after you have used something:
The emphasis now is on recycling household waste.
industrial/chemical etc waste
proposals to end the dumping of industrial waste into rivers and seas
waste pipes
the disposal of hazardous waste

a waste of space

spoken someone who has no good qualities




[plural] literary a large area of land where there are very few people, plants, or animals
wastes of
the icy wastes of Antarctica

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