Translation of "waste" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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wastenoun

uk /weɪst/ us /weɪst/

waste noun (BAD USE)

B1 [ S or U ] an unnecessary or wrong use of money, substances, time, energy, abilities, etc.

浪费;滥用
That meeting achieved absolutely nothing - it was a complete waste of time. 那次会议根本没有取得什么成果——纯粹是浪费时间。
She's been unemployed for two years and it's such a waste of her talents. 她已经失业两年了,这纯粹是浪费她的才华。
My mother couldn't stand waste - she always made us eat everything on our plates. 我母亲不能容忍浪费——她总是让我们吃光自己盘子里的所有东西。
go to waste

to not be used, eaten, etc.

被浪费掉
You can even make stock from the bones, so that nothing goes to waste.

More examples

  • What a complete waste of time!
  • It is the height of folly and a tragic waste to gallop into war.
  • This report is nonsense and nothing but a waste of paper.
  • Buying that sports car was a sinful waste of money.
  • The conference was a monumental waste of time.

waste noun (UNWANTED MATTER)

B1 [ C or U ] unwanted matter or material of any type, especially what is left after useful substances or parts have been removed

废品,垃圾,废物,废料
This city produces 20 million tons of household waste each year.
He opposes any kind of nuclear waste being dumped at sea. 他反对将任何一种核废料倾倒入海中。
Millions of gallons of untreated human waste (= excrement) flow into the river every day. 每天都有3000万吨未经处理的人类粪便从华雷斯城排入格兰德河。
Oil spills are common, as is the dumping of toxic industrial wastes. 溢油现象很常见,就像倾倒有毒工业废料一样。
The Japanese recycle more than half of their waste paper. 日本人对他们一半以上的废纸进行回收。

More examples

  • The government is having difficulty finding a safe depository for nuclear waste.
  • Most people do not want this country to become a dumping ground for toxic waste.
  • She makes a big profit from selling waste material to textile companies.
  • Liquid and solid waste is collected in the tank.
  • The Japanese recycle more than half their waste paper.

waste noun (EMPTY GROUND)

waste ground mainly UK

an area of ground in or near a city that is not built on or used in any way

(城市里或市郊的)荒地
His body had been dumped in an area of waste ground just outside the city. 他的尸体被胡乱地抛在了城外的一片荒地里。
See also
wastes [ plural ]

large areas of land that are not used to grow crops and have few living animals or plants

荒原,不毛之地
the Arctic wastes of northern Siberia 西伯利亚北部的极地荒原地区

Idiom(s)

wasteverb [ T ]

uk /weɪst/ us /weɪst/

waste verb [ T ] (USE BADLY)

B1 to use too much of something or use something badly when there is a limited amount of it

浪费;未好好利用
You waste a lot of water by taking a bath instead of a shower. 洗盆浴而不洗淋浴,你会浪费大量的水。
Come on, let's get started - we've wasted enough time already. 快点儿,我们开始吧——我们已经浪费了不少时间了。
Don't waste your money on such junk. 亲爱的,别在我身上浪费钱了,你自己留着吧。

More examples

  • The way we waste this planet's resources is criminal.
  • A lot of water is wasted through leakage.
  • We have to change the public's perception that money is being wasted.
  • If you'd got on with your work instead of wasting time chatting, you'd be finished by now.
  • Have some more vegetables - it would be a shame to waste them.

waste verb [ T ] (KILL)

US slang to kill someone

杀死,杀害,干掉

(Translation of “waste” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)