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English definition of “waste”

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 / resources Wasting
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
(Definition of waste noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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