- 1 [uncountable, singular] waste (of something) the act of using something in a careless or unnecessary way, causing it to be lost or destroyed I hate unnecessary waste. It seems such a waste to throw good food away. I hate to see good food go to waste (= be thrown away). The report is critical of the department's waste of resources. What a waste of paper!
- 2 [singular] a situation in which it is not worth spending time, money, etc. on something These meetings are a complete waste of time. They believe the statue is a waste of taxpayers' money. materials
- 3 [uncountable] (also wastes [plural]) materials that are no longer needed and are thrown away household/industrial waste toxic wastes waste disposal (= the process of getting rid of waste) Wordfinderdrain, dump, effluent, exhaust, fly-tip, incinerator, landfill, rubbish, sewage, waste See related entries: Waste and pollution
- 4(also waste matter) [uncountable] material that the body gets rid of as solid or liquid material The farmers use both animal and human waste as fertilizer. land
- 5wastes [plural] (formal) a large area of land where there are very few people, animals or plants the frozen wastes of Siberia Word Origin Middle English: from Old Northern French wast(e) (noun), waster (verb), based on Latin vastus
not good use