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[wey-stij] /ˈweɪ stɪdʒ/
loss by use, wear, decay, etc.
loss or losses as the result of wastefulness:
The annual wastage of time due to illness is appalling.
the action or process of wasting:
the steady wastage of erosion.
something that is wasted; waste or waste materials:
The river was befouled by factory wastage.
Origin of wastage
First recorded in 1750-60; waste + -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is the first and principal point at which we can stanch the wastage of teaching energy that now goes on.

    The Salvaging Of Civilisation H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
  • All the wastage of meat, such as the frozen chips, belonged to the dog that found it.

    White Fang Jack London
  • This caused the cylinder to be cooled between each stroke and led to the wastage of about four-fifths of all the steam used.

    James Watt Andrew Carnegie
  • I do not know; but even this is better than the wastage of the mother-force in life.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • He had the suspicion that a little investigation would reveal other causes of wastage as well.

    To Him That Hath Ralph Connor
  • The wastage from the three mentioned was not uniform, but it was constant.

  • Undoubtedly the casualties and wastage had even up to this time been very heavy.

  • It would be necessary, therefore, to ascend to the sack, and stop the wastage at once.

    The Boy Tar Mayne Reid
  • I put a query as to the wastage of material in such an operation, when handled by comparative new-comers.

    The Woman's Part L. K. Yates
  • And we of the Sixth Regiment were to make good the "wastage of war."

British Dictionary definitions for wastage


anything lost by wear or waste
the process of wasting
reduction in size of a workforce by retirement, voluntary resignation, etc (esp in the phrase natural wastage)
Usage note
Waste and wastage are to some extent interchangeable, but many people think that wastage should not be used to refer to loss resulting from human carelessness, inefficiency, etc: a waste (not a wastage) of time/money/effort etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wastage

1756, from waste (v.) + -age.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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