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waste

noun

1 waste

Any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted:
— They collect the waste once a week.
— Much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers.

synonyms: waste material, waste matter, waste product.

Roget 776: loss; deperdition, perdition; forfeiture, lapse.    privation, bereavement; deprivation etc. (dispossession) 789; riddance; damage, squandering, ... show more

Roget 344: plain, table-land, face of the country; open country, champaign country; basin, downs, waste, weary waste, desert, wild, steppe, pampas, savanna, ... show more

Roget 40a: decrement, discount, defect, loss, deduction; afterglow; eduction; waste.   

Roget 162: destruction; waste, dissolution, breaking up; diruption, disruption; consumption; disorganization.    fall, downfall, devastation, ruin, perdition, crash; ... show more

Roget 169: unproductiveness etc. adj.; infertility, sterility, infecundity; masturbation; impotence etc. 158; unprofitableness etc. (inutility) ... show more

Roget 818: prodigality, prodigence; unthriftiness, waste; profusion, profuseness; extravagance; squandering etc. v.; malversation.    prodigal; spendthrift, waste thrift; ... show more

Roget 638: consumption, expenditure, exhaustion; dispersion etc. 73; ebb; leakage etc. (exudation) 295; loss etc. 776; ... show more

Roget 645: inutility; uselessness etc. adj.; inefficacy, futility; ineptitude, inaptitude; unsubservience; inadequacy etc. (insufficiency) 640; inefficiency, ... show more

Roget 679: misuse, misusage, misemployment, misapplication, misappropriation.    abuse, profanation, prostitution, desecration; waste etc. 638.   

Roget 180: space, extension, extent, superficial extent, expanse, stretch, hyperspace; room, scope, range, field, way, expansion, compass, ... show more

Dutch: afval, afvalstof



2 waste

Useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly:
— If the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste.

synonyms: dissipation, wastefulness.

Dutch: afval, rommel, verkwisting, verspillen, verspilling, verval, vuil, wegkwijning
Polish: marnotrawienie, marnowanie, tracenie

3 waste

The trait of wasting resources:
— A life characterized by thriftlessness and waste.
— The wastefulness of missed opportunities.

synonyms: thriftlessness, wastefulness.

Polish: marnotrawstwo

4 waste

An uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation:
— The trackless wastes of the desert.

synonyms: barren, wasteland.

Dutch: rimboe, woestenij
Polish: nieużytek

5 waste

law Reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect.

synonym: permissive waste.

verb

1 waste

Spend thoughtlessly; throw away:
— He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends.

synonyms: blow, squander.

Roget 818: be prodigal etc. adj.; squander, lavish, sow broadcast; pour forth like water; blow, blow in [Slang]; pay through the nose etc. (dear) 814; spill, ... show more

Roget 195: become small, become smaller; lessen, decrease etc. 36; grow less, dwindle, shrink, contract, narrow, shrivel, collapse, wither, ... show more

Roget 776: lose; incur a loss, experience a loss, meet with a loss; miss; mislay, let slip, allow to slip through the fingers; be without etc. (exempt) 777.1; forfeit.    get rid of ... show more

Dutch: doordraaien, verkwanselen, verkwisten, vermorsen, verspillen

2 waste

Use inefficiently or inappropriately.

3 waste

Get rid of.

4 waste

Run off as waste:
— The water wastes back into the ocean.

synonym: run off.

5 waste

Get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing.

synonyms: do in, knock off, liquidate, neutralise, neutralize.

6 waste

Spend extravagantly:
— Waste not, want not.

synonyms: consume, squander, ware.

Roget 638: spend, expend, use, consume, swallow up, exhaust; impoverish; spill, drain, empty; disperse etc. 73.    cast away, ... show more

7 waste

Lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief.

synonyms: languish, pine away.

Roget 36: decrease, diminish, lessen; abridge etc. (shorten) 201; shrink etc. (contract) 195; drop off, fall off, tail off; ... show more

8 waste

Cause to grow thin or weak.

synonyms: emaciate, macerate.

Dutch: vermageren

9 waste

Cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly:
— The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion.

synonyms: desolate, devastate, lay waste to, ravage, scourge.

Roget 162: be destroyed &c.; perish; fall to the ground; tumble, topple; go to pieces, fall to pieces; break up; crumble to dust; go to the dogs, go to the wall, go to smash, go to shivers, ... show more

Dutch: verwoesten

10 waste

Become physically weaker.

synonym: rot.

Dutch: uitteren

adjective

1 waste

Located in a dismal or remote area; desolate:
— Waste places.

synonyms: godforsaken, wild.

Polish: głuchy, zapadły


Roget 659: unimproved etc. (improve) etc. 658; deteriorated etc. v.; altered, altered for the worse; injured etc. v.; ... show more

Moby thesaurus: Arabia Deserta, Death Valley, Sahara, abate, ablate, ablation, absorption, acarpous, afterglow, afterimage, arid, assimilation, atrophy, attenuate, attrition, back, back of beyond, back-country, backwood, backwoods ... show more.

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