done to no avail; useless: wasted efforts.
physically or psychologically exhausted; debilitated: to be wasted by a long illness.
Slang. overcome by the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Archaic. (of time) gone by.

Origin of wasted

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at waste, -ed2
Related formswast·ed·ness, nounun·wast·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unwasted

Historical Examples of unwasted

  • And every effort which they put into it is unwasted and has a telling effect in the result.


    J. Dryden Kuser

  • There was the positive and unwasted substance—and there too was the seeming spirit.

  • The freshness of feeling which keeps the heart young was unwasted to the end.

    From the Easy Chair, series 2

    George William Curtis

  • Even the preoccupied girl looked on in fascination at a rapidity of unwasted movement suggesting a conjuring feat.

    The Flying Mercury

    Eleanor M. Ingram

  • No display of military genius could have extorted from Lee his sword so long as his resources were unwasted.

    A Military Genius

    Sarah Ellen Blackwell

British Dictionary definitions for unwasted



not exploited or taken advantage ofa wasted opportunity
useless or unprofitablewasted effort
physically enfeebled and emaciateda thin wasted figure
slang showing signs of habitual drug abuse
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