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waste

verb [T]
 
 
/weɪst/
to use more money, time, resources, etc. than is needed: The board decided it could not waste any more time and money developing the product.
to not use something in an effective way: waste a chance/effort/opportunity Oftel had the chance to create real competition to BT but it has wasted the opportunity. wasted skills/talent
waste no time in doing sth to do something immediately: The board wasted no time in appointing a successor.
(Definition of waste verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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