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waste

noun
 
 
/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/resourcesWasting
REMAINING MATERIAL [U] B2 things that are not wanted, especially what remains after you have used something: household/nuclear waste Environmental issuesRubbish and wasteProtection and protectorsRubbish and wasteEnvironmental issues
go to waste to not be used: I hate to see good food go to waste.Wasting
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