waste noun (BAD USE)
go to waste
- 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)
- 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
wasteverb [ T ]uk /weɪst/ us /weɪst/
waste verb [ T ] (USE BADLY)
- 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
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