Meaning of “waste” - Learner’s Dictionary

waste

verb [ T ] us uk /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?

More examples

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.

See also

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