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waste

noun
 
 
/weɪst/
[S or U] an unnecessary or careless use of resources or skills: a waste of money/resources/time The meeting was a complete waste of time. All departments have been instructed to avoid waste.
[U] materials or substances with no use or value, for example, ones that are produced when other products are being made: the disposal of wastehazardous/radioactive/toxic waste The company was charged with illegally disposing of toxic waste. household/industrial waste
(Definition of waste noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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