W w


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [weyst]
    • /weɪst/
    • /weɪst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [weyst]
    • /weɪst/

Definitions of waste word

  • verb with object waste to consume, spend, or employ uselessly or without adequate return; use to no avail or profit; squander: to waste money; to waste words. 1
  • verb with object waste to fail or neglect to use: to waste an opportunity. 1
  • verb with object waste to destroy or consume gradually; wear away: The waves waste the rock of the shore. 1
  • verb with object waste to wear down or reduce in bodily substance, health, or strength; emaciate; enfeeble: to be wasted by disease or hunger. 1
  • verb with object waste to destroy, devastate, or ruin: a country wasted by a long and futile war. 1
  • verb with object waste Slang. to kill or murder. 1

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Origin of waste

First appearance:

before 1150
One of the 7% oldest English words
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)

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Parts of speech for Waste


waste popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

waste usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for waste

noun waste

  • litter — objects strewn or scattered about; scattered rubbish.
  • rubbish — worthless, unwanted material that is rejected or thrown out; debris; litter; trash.
  • garbage — discarded animal and vegetable matter, as from a kitchen; refuse.
  • trash — anything worthless, useless, or discarded; rubbish.
  • refuse — to decline to accept (something offered): to refuse an award.

verb waste

  • blow — When a wind or breeze blows, the air moves.
  • fritter away — to squander or disperse piecemeal; waste little by little (usually followed by away): to fritter away one's money; to fritter away an afternoon.
  • dissipate — to scatter in various directions; disperse; dispel.
  • throw away — to propel or cast in any way, especially to project or propel from the hand by a sudden forward motion or straightening of the arm and wrist: to throw a ball.
  • consume — If you consume something, you eat or drink it.

adjective waste

  • leftover — Usually, leftovers. food remaining uneaten at the end of a meal, especially when saved for later use.
  • surplus — something that remains above what is used or needed.
  • unused — not used; not put to use: an unused room.
  • unwanted — not desired or needed; not wanted: My absence generated some unwanted attention.
  • discarded — to cast aside or dispose of; get rid of: to discard an old hat.

Antonyms for waste

noun waste

  • building — A building is a structure that has a roof and walls, for example a house or a factory.
  • construction — Construction is the building of things such as houses, factories, roads, and bridges.
  • creation — In many religions, creation is the making of the universe, Earth, and creatures by God.
  • development — Development is the gradual growth or formation of something.
  • growth — the act or process, or a manner of growing; development; gradual increase.

verb waste

  • save — to rescue from danger or possible harm, injury, or loss: to save someone from drowning.
  • strengthen — to make stronger; give strength to.
  • grow — to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance.
  • accumulate — When you accumulate things or when they accumulate, they collect or are gathered over a period of time.
  • build — If you build something, you make it by joining things together.

adjective waste

  • cultivated — If you describe someone as cultivated, you mean they are well educated and have good manners.

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