verb (used with object), wast·ed, wast·ing.
verb (used without object), wast·ed, wast·ing.
Origin of waste
Synonyms for waste
Antonyms for waste
Examples from the Web for waste
Contemporary Examples of waste
When twelve people are killed by violence, whoever they are, for whatever reason, that is a tragedy and a waste.Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
A land farm is the term used for a commercial operation where waste from oil and gas extraction is spread on top of the ground.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
But fishing for rationale in harassment is almost always a waste of time.A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat
December 1, 2014
Waste Management, the large disposal company, has turned its landfills into a fleet of power producers.Garbage In, Power Out
The Daily Beast
November 24, 2014
And as for ShiaChat, “as a younger person I used to waste some of my time arguing with people” there.The Kardashian Look-Alike Trolling for Assad
Noah Shachtman, Michael Kennedy
October 17, 2014
Historical Examples of waste
Waste written-paper is of little use, except for allumettes or lamp-lighters.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book
Wilt thou never cease to waste thy force and energies in intestine struggles?The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh
William Makepeace Thackeray
The war, and perhaps other causes, have very seriously reduced our supply of meats, the waste of which cannot soon be repaired.
The frontier was closely guarded against the savage tribes who seemed to be occupying the waste lands of northern Europe.The Story of Mankind
Hendrik Van Loon
To speak of the wines and viands would be a waste of time, and, to cut the story short, there was plenty of everything.
- the useless products of metabolism
- indigestible food residue
- of or denoting the useless products of metabolism
- of or denoting indigestible food residue
Word Origin for waste
c.1200, "devastate, ravage, ruin," from Anglo-French and Old North French waster "to spoil, ruin" (Old French guaster), altered (by influence of Frankish *wostjan) from Latin vastare "lay waste," from vastus "empty, desolate, waste" (see vain).
The word also existed in Old English as westan. Meaning "to lose strength or health; pine; weaken" is attested from c.1300; the sense of "squander, spend or consume uselessly" is first recorded mid-14c.; meaning "to kill" is from 1964. Wasted "intoxicated" is slang from 1950s. The adjective is recorded from late 13c.
c.1200, "desolate regions," from Old French wast, from Latin vastum, neuter of vastus "waste" (see waste (v.)).
Replaced Old English westen, woesten "a desert, wilderness," from the Latin word. Meaning "useless expenditure" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "refuse matter" is attested from c.1400. Waste basket first recorded 1850. Waste-paper first recorded 1580s.
In addition to the idioms beginning with waste
- waste away
- waste not, want not
- waste one's breath
- go to waste
- haste makes waste
- lay waste