Definition of wastage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈweɪstɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪstɪdʒ//
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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] wastage (of something) the fact of losing or destroying something, especially because it has been used or dealt with carelessly It was a new production technique aimed at minimizing wastage. Patients need exercise to prevent muscle wastage.
  2. 2[uncountable] the amount of something that is wasted There is little wastage from a lean cut of meat. Always allow for some wastage when ordering building materials.
  3. 3[uncountable] (British English) the loss of employees because they stop working or move to other jobs; the number of students who do not finish a particular course of study Half of the posts will be lost through natural wastage. student wastage rates Natural wastage will cut staff numbers to the required level.
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