Translation of "waste" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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uk /weɪst/ us /weɪst/

waste noun (BAD USE)

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. 那次會議根本沒有取得甚麼成果——純粹是浪費時間。
She's been unemployed for two years and it's such a waste of her talents. 她已經失業兩年了,這純粹是浪費她的才華。
My mother couldn't stand waste - she always made us eat everything on our plates. 我母親不能容忍浪費——她總是讓我們吃光自己碟子裡的所有東西。
go to waste

to not be used, eaten, etc.

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

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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

This city produces 20 million tons of household waste each year.
He opposes any kind of nuclear waste being dumped at sea. 他反對將任何一種核廢料傾倒入海中。
Millions of gallons of untreated human waste (= excrement) flow into the river every day. 每天都有3000萬噸未經處理的人類糞便從華雷斯城排入格蘭德河。
Oil spills are common, as is the dumping of toxic industrial wastes. 溢油現象很常見,就像傾倒有毒工業廢料一樣。
The Japanese recycle more than half of their waste paper. 日本人回收他們一半以上的廢紙。

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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

His body had been dumped in an area of waste ground just outside the city. 他的屍體被胡亂拋在城外的一片荒地。
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wastes [ plural ]

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

the Arctic wastes of northern Siberia 西伯利亞北部的極地荒原地區


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

You waste a lot of water by taking a bath instead of a shower. 洗盆浴而不洗淋浴,你會浪費大量水。
Come on, let's get started - we've wasted enough time already. 快點,我們開始吧——我們已經浪費了不少時間。
Don't waste your money on such junk. 親愛的,別在我身上浪費錢了,你自己留著吧。

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waste verb [ T ] (KILL)

US slang to kill someone


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