waste Lakotawaste Middle English
Lakota Perspective Middle English wasten
Old North French waster
Latin vastare: to make empty
from vastus: empty
  1. good
  2. healthy living
  3. peace of heart
  1. disposed of as useless; "waste paper" [syn: cast-off(a), discarded, junked, scrap(a)]
  2. located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places" [syn: desert, godforsaken, wild]
  1. 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" [syn: waste material, waste matter, waste product]
  2. 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" [syn: wastefulness, dissipation]
  3. the trait of wasting resources; "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"; "the wastefulness of missed opportunities" [syn: thriftlessness, wastefulness]
  4. an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert" [syn: barren, wasteland]
  5. (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect [syn: permissive waste]
  1. spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree" [syn: blow, squander] [ant: conserve]
  2. use inefficiently or inappropriately; "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
  3. get rid of; "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"
  4. run off as waste; "The water wastes back into the ocean" [syn: run off]
  5. get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized" [syn: neutralize, neutralise, liquidate, knock off, do in]
  6. spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not" [syn: consume, squander, ware]
  7. lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away" [syn: pine away, languish]
  8. cause to grow thin or weak; "The treatment emaciated him" [syn: emaciate, macerate]
  9. devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion" [syn: lay waste to, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge]
  10. waste away; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world" [syn: rot]