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.
- wast·ed·ness, noun
- un·wast·ed, adjective
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How to use wasted in a sentence
So, bearing this in mind, it should dispel the myth that trying to manipulate the keyword density of web pages when you create them is a somewhat wasted effort.Indexing and keyword ranking techniques revisited: 20 years later | Mike Grehan | August 4, 2022 | Search Engine Land
I hope this year will show us not only that we can learn to focus on the whole student, but that we must, or everything else we do is but a wasted effort.School Districts Must Invest in Student and Teacher Well-Being | Louise Williamson | December 16, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Like a chess player trying to win a game in as few moves as possible, the AI will aim to help KoBold reach a decision about a prospect with minimal wasted effort—whether that decision is to drill in a particular spot or walk away.The big tech quest to find the metals needed for the energy overhaul | Maddie Stone | August 11, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Your body is pretty adept at automatically searching for the most efficient movement patterns and avoiding wasted energy.
Excited, Shaheen wasted no time and began interviewing surgeons, deciding upon Dr. Curtis Crane in Greenbrae, California.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake. | James Joiner | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Prosecutor Alessandro Leopizzi wasted no time in repeating the transcript to ask Schettino to confirm his words.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand | Barbie Latza Nadeau | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For those in the resource world, every ton of junk that goes into a landfill represents wasted energy.
An American general who “wasted” troops was looked on very unkindly by the civilian population and by the troops themselves.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day | James Jones | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When the fast food giant announced a merger with a Canadian chain, politicians wasted no time applying the special sauce.The Democrats Have Found a New Boogeyman, and It’s Burger King | Tim Mak | August 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Day by day these fretting anxieties and perplexities wasted her strength, and her fever grew higher and higher.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
The war which wasted the Athenians for 27 years, commonly called the Peloponnesian war, began May 7th.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
And he said: Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land shall be left desolate.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
A woman with such capabilities would be wasted in the rle of a mere countess—but as the wife of an aspiring Liberal statesman!Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be wasted: I will break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for wasted
not exploited or taken advantage of: a wasted opportunity
useless or unprofitable: wasted effort
physically enfeebled and emaciated: a thin wasted figure
slang showing signs of habitual drug abuse
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