Definition of waste verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    waste

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//weɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they waste
    BrE BrE//weɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪst//
     
    he / she / it wastes
    BrE BrE//weɪsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪsts//
     
    past simple wasted
    BrE BrE//ˈweɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪstɪd//
     
    past participle wasted
    BrE BrE//ˈweɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪstɪd//
     
    -ing form wasting
    BrE BrE//ˈweɪstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪstɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to use more of something than is necessary or useful waste something to waste time/food/energy waste something on something Why waste money on clothes you don't need? We got straight down to business without wasting time on small talk. waste something (in) doing something She wasted no time in rejecting the offer (= she rejected it immediately). You're wasting your time trying to explain it to him (= because he will not understand).
  2. 2waste something (on somebody/something) to give, say, use, etc. something good where it is not valued or used in the way that it should be Don't waste your sympathy on him—he got what he deserved. Her comments were not wasted on Chris (= he understood what she meant).
  3. 3  [usually passive] to not make good or full use of somebody/something waste somebody/something It was a wasted opportunity. His talents are wasted in that job. waste somebody/something as something You're wasted as a sales manager—you should have been an actor.
  4. kill somebody
  5. 4waste somebody (informal, especially North American English) to get rid of somebody, usually by killing them
  6. defeat somebody
  7. 5waste somebody (North American English, informal) to defeat somebody very badly in a game or competition
  8. Word Origin Middle English: from Old Northern French wast(e) (noun), waster (verb), based on Latin vastus ‘unoccupied, uncultivated’.Extra examples Don’t waste your money on a hotel room. He didn’t want to waste valuable time in idle gossip. Hurry up—there’s no time to waste! I’m not going to waste any more time on the problem. In the end her efforts were not entirely wasted. Their father hated to waste energy. You’re just wasting your breath. She never listens. Don’t waste your sympathy on her—she got what she deserved. Her comments were not wasted on Chris. She wasted no time in rejecting the offer. The health authority wasted millions of pounds on a computer system that never worked. Why waste money on clothes you don’t need? You’re wasted as a sales manager—you should have been an actor. You’re wasting your time trying to explain it to him.Idioms to say something that nobody takes any notice of (saying) if you never waste anything, especially food or money, you will always have it when you need it Phrasal Verbswaste away
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