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Meaning of “wasteland” in the English Dictionary

"wasteland" in British English

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wastelandnoun

uk   us   /ˈweɪst.lænd/
[C or U] an ​emptyarea of ​land, ​especially in or near a ​city, that is not used to ​growcrops or ​built on, or used in any way: The ​car was ​dumped in a ​stretch of wasteland in the ​south of the ​city. [S] literary disapproving a ​place, ​time, or ​situation that does not ​contain or ​produce anything ​positive, or that is ​completely without a ​particularquality or ​activity: the spiritual wasteland of the 1980s
(Definition of wasteland from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wasteland" in American English

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wastelandnoun [C]

 us   /ˈweɪstˌlænd/
a ​largearea of ​land that has not been ​developed, usually because it cannot be ​easily used: Rain ​forests are being ​transformed into ​barren wasteland. A wasteland can also be anything that ​seems to ​lackpositivequalities: Television is a ​vast wasteland.
(Definition of wasteland from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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