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[n] useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
[n] (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
[n] the trait of wasting resources; "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"; "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"
[n] an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"
[n] any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted; "they collect the waste once a week"; "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
[adj] located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places"
[adj] disposed of as useless; "waste paper"
[v] waste away; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
[v] devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
[v] cause to grow thin or weak; "The treatment emaciated him"
[v] lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away"
[v] spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not"
[v] use inefficiently or inappropriately; "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
[v] get rid of; kill; "The mafia liquidated the informer"
[v] run off as waste; "The water wastes back into the ocean"
[v] get rid of; "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
[v] spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"

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