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  1. [noun] any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted; "they collect the waste once a week"; "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
    Synonyms: material, matter, product

  2. [noun] useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
    Synonyms: fulness, dissipation

  3. [noun] the trait of wasting resources; "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"; "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"
    Synonyms: thriftlessness, fulness

  4. [noun] an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"
    Synonyms: barren, land

  5. [noun] (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
    Synonyms: permissive

  6. [verb] spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
    Synonyms: blow, squander

  7. [verb] use inefficiently or inappropriately; "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"

  8. [verb] get rid of; "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"

  9. [verb] run off as waste; "The water wastes back into the ocean"
    Synonyms: run off

  10. [verb] get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized"
    Synonyms: neutralize, neutralise, liquidate, knock off, do in

  11. [verb] spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not"
    Synonyms: consume, squander, ware

  12. [verb] lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away"
    Synonyms: pine away, languish

  13. [verb] cause to grow thin or weak; "The treatment emaciated him"
    Synonyms: emaciate, macerate

  14. [verb] devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
    Synonyms: lay to, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge

  15. [verb] waste away; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
    Synonyms: rot

  16. [adjective] disposed of as useless; "waste paper"
    Synonyms: cast-off, discarded, junked, scrap

  17. [adjective] located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places"
    Synonyms: desert, godforsaken, wild


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