Meaning of “wasteful” in the English Dictionary

"wasteful" in British English

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wastefuladjective

uk /ˈweɪst.fəl/ us /ˈweɪst.fəl/ disapproving

(Definition of “wasteful” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wasteful" in American English

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wastefuladjective

us /ˈweɪst·fəl/

wasteful adjective (BAD USE)

being a bad use of something valuable that you have only a limited amount of:

wasteful spending
a wasteful use of resources

(Definition of “wasteful” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"wasteful" in Business English

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wastefuladjective

uk /ˈweɪstfəl/ us

not being careful about the amount of resources used for something:

Top business advisers have been brought in to identify areas of wasteful government spending.

(Definition of “wasteful” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)