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Synonyms of waste

Noun


1. waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product, material, stuff

usage: 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"

2. waste, wastefulness, dissipation, activity

usage: useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources"

3. thriftlessness, waste, wastefulness, improvidence, shortsightedness

usage: the trait of wasting resources; "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"; "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"

4. barren, waste, wasteland, wilderness, wild

usage: an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"

5. waste, permissive waste, act, deed, human action, human activity

usage: (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect

Verb


1. waste, blow, squander, use, expend

usage: spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"

2. waste, use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ

usage: use inefficiently or inappropriately; "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"

3. waste, discard, fling, toss, toss out, toss away, chuck out, cast aside, dispose, throw out, cast out, throw away, cast away, put away

usage: get rid of; "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"

4. waste, run off, run, flow, feed, course

usage: run off as waste; "The water wastes back into the ocean"

5. neutralize, neutralise, liquidate, waste, knock off, do in, kill

usage: get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized"

6. consume, squander, waste, ware, spend, expend, drop

usage: spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not"

7. pine away, waste, languish, weaken

usage: lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away"

8. waste, emaciate, macerate, enfeeble, debilitate, drain

usage: cause to grow thin or weak; "The treatment emaciated him"

9. lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge, destroy, ruin

usage: cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"

10. waste, rot, devolve, deteriorate, drop, degenerate

usage: become physically weaker; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"

Adjective


1. godforsaken, waste, wild, inhospitable (vs. hospitable)

usage: located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places"

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