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
It is wrong to waste the precious gift of time, on acrimony and division.
Fellow citizens, we must not waste the precious gift of this time.
They waste the time one should spend in making them come true.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
I disdain to spoil my eyes or waste my time by newspaper-reading.
Let us waste no time in discussions about abstract law and right.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
- 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