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English definition of “waste”

waste

noun (BAD USE)    /weɪst/
B1 [S or U] an unnecessary or wrong use of money , substances , time , energy , abilities , etc.: That meeting achieved absolutely nothing - it was a complete waste of time . She's been unemployed for two years and it's such a waste of her talents . My mother couldn't bear waste - she always made us eat everything on our plates .Wasting go to waste to not be used, eaten , etc.: "Go on, finish off this tart , Paul." "Well, it seems a shame to let it go to waste."Wasting
(Definition of waste noun (BAD USE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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