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Noun
Unwanted or unusable material, substances, or by-products
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“The two warehouses will be used to store low-level radioactive waste generated by the two plants.”
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An act or instance of using or expending something carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose
“Inefficient operation of the machinery has resulted in a significant waste of electricity.”
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A large area of barren, typically uninhabited land
“The Vikings settled in Greenland during the medieval warm period when it was indeed a green land rather than an icy waste.”
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Solid matter discharged from an animal's alimentary canal
“The council requires dog owners to properly dispose of their pet's waste.”
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A gradual weakening, loss, or destruction
“The slow waste of the once broad beach has been caused by the relentless tide over a number of years.”
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Liquid waste or sewage discharged into a river or the sea
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Widespread destruction
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The wrong or improper use of something
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The state of being dilapidated, reduced to decay, partially ruined
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The quality of being vacuous
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The state or quality of being solitary
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Spillage or loss
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The extent or measurement of something from end to end
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Bad placement
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The state or quality of being superfluous
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The process by which a liquid leaks through a porous substance
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A rigid bracelet or anklet, especially one with no clasp
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Extravagant spending
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A biological agent that risks humans or the environment
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Foul matter, especially dirt, which soils or defiles
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A part of something that is left over when other parts have been completed, used, or dealt with
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A layer of dirt or froth on the surface of a liquid
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Filth
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To use or expend carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose
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“We cannot afford to waste any more money on frivolous items.”
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(of a person or a part of the body) To become progressively weaker and more emaciated
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“My leg muscles would waste away before my eyes during the months when I was bedridden.”
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To physically debilitate or weaken
“Ultimately, I wouldn't be able to breathe, for the disease would waste away my diaphragm muscles.”
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To kill or severely injure (someone)
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“I didn't want him dead, as he was too good at what he did for me to waste him like that.”
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To bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of
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“It was a case of one party attempting to waste the other.”
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(of time or an opportunity) To fail to take advantage of
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To diminish to nothing
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To destroy all traces of
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To use up all the physical energy of
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To consume or wear away gradually
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To completely bungle (an opportunity)
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To traumatize or disturb
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To treat someone or something badly or unkindly
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To lower in character, dignity, or quality
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Defeat or overcome with superior strength
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To stop living
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Search through something in a hurried way in order to find or steal something
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Fail, be exhausted
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Adjective
(of a material, substance, or by-product) Rejected as being useless, unwanted, or worthless
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“Research is ongoing as to how best to recycle waste material.”
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(of an area of land) Producing inferior or only a small amount of vegetation
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“Two factories were closed down and demolished, leaving a waste area that has effectively become a dump.”
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Discarded because no longer wanted or needed
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Having no usefulness
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Not domesticated
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Causing or marked by an atmosphere lacking in cheer
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Dead or apparently dead
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