wasted

[ wey-stid ]
/ ˈweɪ stɪd /

adjective

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

Definition for wasted (2 of 2)

Origin of waste

1150–1200; 1960–65 for def 6; (adj.) Middle English < Old North French wast (Old French g(u)ast) < Latin vāstus desolate; (v.) Middle English < Old North French waster (Old French g(u)aster) < Latin vāstāre, derivative of vāstus; (noun) Middle English < Old North French wast(e) (Old French g(u)aste), partly < Latin vāstum, noun use of neuter of vāstus, partly derivative of waster; Old North French w-, Old French gu- by influence of cognate with Frankish *wōsti desolate (cognate with Old High German wuosti)
Related formswast·a·ble, adjectivewaste·less, adjectiveout·waste, verb (used with object), out·wast·ed, out·wast·ing.un·wast·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedwaist waste

Synonym study

19. See desert1. 36. See ravage.
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British Dictionary definitions for wasted (1 of 2)

wasted

/ (ˈweɪstɪd) /

adjective

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

British Dictionary definitions for wasted (2 of 2)

waste

/ (weɪst) /

verb

noun

adjective

Derived Formswastable, adjective

Word Origin for waste

C13: from Anglo-French waster, from Latin vastāre to lay waste, from vastus empty
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Medicine definitions for wasted

waste

[ wāst ]

v.

To gradually lose energy, strength, or bodily substance, as from disease.

n.

The undigested residue of food eliminated from the body; excrement.
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Science definitions for wasted

waste

[ wāst ]

Noun

An unusable or unwanted substance or material, such as a waste product. See also hazardous waste landfill.

Verb

To lose or cause to lose energy, strength, weight, or vigor, as by the progressive effects of a disease such as metastatic cancer.
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Idioms and Phrases with wasted

waste


In addition to the idioms beginning with waste

  • waste away
  • waste not, want not
  • waste one's breath

also see:

  • go to waste
  • haste makes waste
  • lay waste
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