Adjective "wasting" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Use or expend carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose.
  1. 'I don't use the car, so why should I waste precious money on it?'
  2. 'Then again, both of the fellows in question drove expensive imported cars, so they probably can't afford to waste a cent extra if they want to keep up with their repayments.'
  3. 'And I wonder whether I wasted what is the best time to make friends.'
  4. 'With so little of my book written and so little time to finish it, I can not really afford to waste time.'
  5. 'By that action, we also don't waste so many natural resources.'
  6. 'In the latter case the holding of the meeting would have served no useful purpose and would merely waste the available assets of the bankrupt's estate.'
  7. 'One-third to one-half of all the energy consumed by small business is wasted through inefficiency.'
  8. 'In actuality, we are wasting too much energy at home, on streets and elsewhere.'
  9. 'Frankly I can't afford to go wasting fifteen quid on something as needless as this.'
  10. 'Mom said they couldn't afford to waste anything right now.'
  11. 'Why waste all this money on allowances, mayoral houses, mayoral vehicles, meetings, workshops, etc?'
  12. 'Holidays are wasted on those not in full-time employment!'
  13. 'The irony was wasted on the Americans as they swarmed down the crumbling alleys.'
  14. 'Yet this creed is wasted on Shanghai youth whose nostalgia keeps them glued to the city.'
  15. 'She spares her children - an act of generosity that is wasted on them.'
  16. 'I've said it before (well, sort of), and I'll say it again, school is wasted on kids.'
  17. 'At the age of 57 he is still out there rocking harder than those a third of his age - a shining example that youth is wasted on the young.'
  18. 'I guess that college, like youth, is wasted on the young.'
  19. 'Some books are wasted on children.'
  20. 'Even when manners are wasted on the recipient, it is important to present the example of civilized behavior.'
  21. 'It was widely assumed that the expense of higher education was wasted on girls.'
  22. 'we're wasted in this job'
  23. 'She is mostly wasted here, with little to do but putter around and slowly decline.'
  24. 'Russell is wasted in what is essentially a standard supportive wife role.'
  25. 'Nancy Travis shows up for a few scenes as John's live-in girlfriend, but her character is sorely wasted.'
  26. 'He really is one of those guys who is wasted at his current job.'
  27. 'The supporting actors' talents are wasted in standard-issue roles.'
  28. 'Well, film lovers too feel that such talent should not be wasted in insignificant roles!'
  29. 'An interesting thesis is wasted on a far too superficial script with some decent make-up effects.'
  30. 'England's captain had given the ball away all afternoon, but he does not waste too many crossing opportunities.'
  31. 'There was no way I could stand another year in Andrews in my pathetic job which wasted my talents.'
  32. '20% of stock will need to be wasted'
(of a person or a part of the body) become progressively weaker and more emaciated.
  1. 'a wasting disease'
  2. 'So far, the clinical trials have focused on patients with arthritis, wasting syndrome and high cholesterol.'
  3. 'Patients with wasting diseases were revitalised by drugs which stimulated the synthesis of protein, the key ingredient of muscle, bone and skin.'
  4. 'While her brain remained sharp, her body wasted away.'
  5. 'Look at you, you're wasting away and you're too scared to go run back home.'
  6. 'He very convincingly portrayed a man struggling against a disease that meant he was wasting away in order to get something of extreme importance done.'
  7. 'Spinal muscular atrophy makes muscles waste away and is incurable.'
  8. 'It was heartbreaking to watch he and his brother literally wasting away, without hope of recovery.'
  9. 'Motor neurone disease affects the nerves to all the muscles in the body and victims gradually waste away.'
  10. 'We will have to feed you up Juliet you are quite wasting away'
  11. 'For people wasting away from the side effects of chemotherapy, this could be a small bit of very good news, indeed.'
Devastate or ruin (a place)
  1. 'They proceed to unleash the monsters across the globe, who do what comes naturally, and start wasting cities.'
  2. 'If you're an extreme utilitarian, you might just accept the calculation at face value and waste the little guy.'
  3. 'But now the military's fresh faces can get a bit of the comforts of home - by wasting their pals in an online game.'
  4. 'Sure enough, three of them leap at him, sensing the boy as the most powerful, planning to waste him.'
  5. 'But nobody ever pulls out a grenade launcher and wastes the guy with the battle ax.'
(of time) pass away.


    (of a material, substance, or by-product) eliminated or discarded as no longer useful or required after the completion of a process.
    1. 'plants produce oxygen as a waste product'
    2. 'Constructed wetlands have advantages over other means of treating waste water because they require little energy, chemical input or maintenance.'
    3. 'The incineration process produces a residual waste ash, which has to be transported and disposed of by landfilling.'
    4. 'Local miners have been digging and collecting here for several years, moving many tons of overburden soil and waste rock in the process.'
    5. 'Roof felts are essentially scrap paper bonded together with bitumen, a waste oil product that is put on the felt to saturate it.'
    6. 'The lungs also contribute to this process by eliminating carbon dioxide which is the waste byproduct of glucose and lactic acid metabolism.'
    7. 'The conference, to be held in Tidworth in November, will show how thinking about rubbish as a raw material rather than a waste product can benefit businesses.'
    8. 'The reef mines sank far underground, and used expensive machinery and complex metallurgical processes to separate the gold from the waste rock.'
    9. 'He introduced us to a product that recycles waste plastic into fuel that was invented in Japan.'
    10. 'All our diseases are explained on the basis of deposition and fermentation of waste substances.'
    11. 'They can be made with simple materials such as waste paper.'
    (of an area of land, typically an urban one) not used, cultivated, or built on.
    1. 'Plans to transform waste ground in Westhoughton into a residential area have been given a cautious welcome.'
    2. 'It grows in pastures, cultivated fields, and waste places.'
    3. 'He is surrounded by the detritus of his addiction in a waste area in the middle of a rubbish dump.'
    4. 'I am referring to Manchester Road Park which is an absolute disgrace and resembles a waste ground rather than a recreation area.'
    5. 'The facilities will be installed on an area of waste ground between the primary school and Westfield Road, and it is hoped that it will be open in time for the summer holidays.'
    6. 'Both crops also prevent erosion and provide revenue to offset the costs of managing waste sites.'
    7. 'The idea is to focus attention on problem areas which might otherwise be disregarded - such as waste ground - and to set a bench-mark for authorities to improve on.'


    An act or instance of using or expending something carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose.
    1. mass noun 'they had learned to avoid waste'
    2. 'It's a waste of time, a waste of your money, a waste of your life.'
    3. 'These little actions are a waste of time, money and efforts.'
    4. 'But parents see this as a waste of taxpayers' money.'
    5. 'I have a whole rant about my sister's presence and the waste of money it was to bring her here to do nothing but sit around and watch television, but that's been said and done already.'
    6. 'Most replies wanted the cheapest option and thought the council a waste of money.'
    7. 'Elections even at a state level cost money and both parties wish to avoid an unnecessary waste of money by contesting in an election that they will lose.'
    8. 'Is funding a project like this a good idea or a waste of money?'
    9. 'What exactly he intended with this disgusting waste of celluloid is a complete mystery.'
    10. 'You might think the opposition would savage such a profligate waste of taxpayers' money.'
    11. 'It was an inappropriate appointment, in that it was clearly a dismal waste of his extravagant talents.'
    Unwanted or unusable material, substances, or by-products.
    1. 'hazardous industrial wastes'
    2. 'We see everyday how people still dump their waste carelessly.'
    3. 'If done properly, the garden waste you use now will be completely broken down into lovely rich soil at winter's end.'
    4. 'Concern arises because landfill sites are the primary means of disposing millions of tonnes of hazardous industrial waste.'
    5. 'York council chiefs announced plans to dump regular weekly rubbish collections in an attempt to recycle more garden waste.'
    6. 'Many are turned into cesspools and dumping sites for solid waste, including hazardous materials.'
    7. 'The two warehouses will be used to store low-level radioactive waste generated by the two plants.'
    8. 'Again I noticed another reduction in the amount of waste in my bin.'
    9. 'Companies didn't stop dumping toxic wastes into rivers because the government asked them nicely.'
    10. 'I already compost my garden and kitchen waste in my two compost bins.'
    11. 'The council has tried to address the problem of illegally dumped rubbish by organising free collections of household waste including unwanted fridges.'
    A large area of barren, typically uninhabited land.
    1. 'That will see him traversing the Americas, covering the 25,000 kilometres from Ushuia, the world's most southern city, up to the icy wastes of Alaska.'
    2. 'Her mouth and throat were as dry as the desert wastes.'
    3. 'European navigators and adventurers were tantalized for centuries by reports of a sea passage linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in icy wastes north of Canada.'
    4. 'He comes up with such treasures as, ‘Claustrophobia and agoraphobia in the same place - like two people in a bed,’ in reference to his failed relationship and the icy wastes around him.'
    5. 'I do not know what happened to him after they cast him into the southern wastes by the sea.'
    6. 'There are a variety of locations in the game - from towns to jungles to snowy wastes to an aircraft carrier - and they all look absolutely authentic.'
    7. 'There were French partridges, a hare crossed the icy wastes leaving stretched-out tracks and we discussed the advantage of stiffer soled boots for snow and the necessity of shades.'
    8. 'From the icy wastes to the arid deserts and lush forests, it has carved out habitats and multiplied.'
    9. 'I crave snow-topped mountains, dreary wastes, and the cruel Northern sea with its hard horizons at the edge of the world where infinite space begins.'
    10. 'The images are crystal clear because it is now spring in the frozen wastes of the Martian poles.'
    Damage to an estate caused by an act or by neglect, especially by a life tenant.


      1. gradually reducing the fullness and strength of the body: a wasting disease.

      2. laying waste; devastating; despoiling: the ravages of a wasting war. noun

      3. Geology. mass wasting.

      More examples(as adjective)

      "times can be wasting."

      "moneys can be wasting."

      "illnesses can be wasting."

      "revenues can be wasting."

      "resources can be wasting."

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      Middle English: from Old Northern French wast(e) (noun), waster (verb), based on Latin vastus ‘unoccupied, uncultivated’.


      go to waste
      lay waste to (or lay something (to) waste)
      waste of space
      waste not, want not