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English definition of “waste”

waste

verb [T]
 
 
/weɪst/
B1 to use too much of something or use something badly when there is a limited amount of it: I don't want to waste any more time so let's start. Why waste your money on things you don't need?Wasting
be wasted on sb to be clever or of high quality in a way that someone will not understand or enjoy: Good coffee is wasted on Joe - he prefers instant.Wasting
(Definition of waste verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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