Meaning of “waste” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /weɪst/
BAD USE [ U, no plural ]

B1 a bad use of something useful, such as time or money, when there is a limited amount of it:

Meetings are a waste of time.
They throw away loads of food - it's such a waste.
a waste of energy/resources

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B2 things that are not wanted, especially what remains after you have used something:

go to waste

to not be used:

I hate to see good food go to waste.

(Definition of “waste noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)