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An act or instance of using or expending something carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose
“The waste of energy can hit the environment hard.”
A large area of barren, typically uninhabited land
“From the icy wastes to the arid deserts and lush forests, it has carved out habitats and multiplied.”
Unwanted or unusable material, substances, or by-products
“The two warehouses will be used to store low-level radioactive waste generated by the two plants.”
Solid matter discharged from an animal's alimentary canal
“… a local ordinance requiring dog owners to properly dispose of their pet's waste.”
A wide space or area
“… a legendary mariner doomed to sail the watery wastes of the world until Judgment Day.”
A gradual weakening, loss, or destruction
“… the slow waste of the once broad beach by the relentless tide.”
Use or expend carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose
“Mom said they couldn't afford to waste anything right now.”
To bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of
“… one country attempting to waste another.”
“Spinal muscular atrophy makes muscles waste away and is incurable.”
“The disease had wasted his legs.”
“I didn't want him dead, he was too good at what he did for me to waste him like that.”
Producing inferior or only a small amount of vegetation
“I am referring to Manchester Road Park which is an absolute disgrace and resembles a waste ground rather than a recreation area.”
Rejected as being useless, unwanted, or worthless
“The reporter asked to see how he processed his own waste water and he agreed.”
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