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English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. waste

    Excess is more than enough of anything, and, since this in very many cases indicates a lack either of judgment or of self-control, the word is used frequently in an unfavorable sense. Careless expenditure in excess of income is extravagance; we may have also extravagance of language, professions, etc. As extravagance is excess in outlay, exorbitance is excess in demands, and especially in pecuniary demands upon others. Overplus and superabundance denote in the main a satisfactory, and superfluity an undesirable, excess; lavishness and profusion, a generous, bountiful, or amiable excess; as, a profusion of fair hair; lavishness of hospitality. Surplus is neutral, having none of the unfavorable meaning that often attaches to excess; a surplus is that which remains over after all demands are met. Redundance or redundancy refers chiefly to literary style, denoting an excess of words or matter. Excess in the moral sense is expressed by dissipation, prodigality, intemperance, etc.

    dissipation, excess, exorbitance, extravagance, intemperance, lavishness, overplus, prodigality, profusion, redundance, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, surplus, wastefulness

    dearth, defect, deficiency, destitution, economy, failure, frugality, inadequacy, insufficiency, lack, need, poverty, scantiness, shortcoming, want

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  1. waste, waste material, waste matter, waste productnoun

    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"

    waste product, thriftlessness, barren, permissive waste, wasteland, waste matter, dissipation, waste material, wastefulness

    hospitable, economize, conserve, economise, husband

  2. waste, wastefulness, dissipationnoun

    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"

    waste product, thriftlessness, licentiousness, barren, permissive waste, dissolution, profligacy, wasteland, looseness, waste matter, dissipation, waste material, wastefulness

    hospitable, conserve, economise, economize, husband

  3. thriftlessness, waste, wastefulnessnoun

    the trait of wasting resources

    "a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste"; "the wastefulness of missed opportunities"

    waste product, thriftlessness, waste matter, barren, wasteland, waste material, dissipation, permissive waste, wastefulness

    hospitable, economize, economise, husband, conserve

  4. barren, waste, wastelandnoun

    an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

    "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"

    waste product, thriftlessness, barren, permissive waste, wastefulness, waste matter, dissipation, waste material, wasteland

    hospitable, husband, economise, conserve, economize

  5. waste, permissive wasteadjective

    (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect

    waste product, thriftlessness, barren, permissive waste, wasteland, waste matter, dissipation, waste material, wastefulness

    hospitable, husband, economize, conserve, economise

  6. godforsaken, waste, wildverb

    located in a dismal or remote area; desolate

    "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places"

    furious, wild, dotty, savage, risky, barbarian, tempestuous, raving mad, violent, idle, hazardous, uncivilised, fantastic, untamed, raging, groundless, angry, barbaric, crazy, godforsaken, unfounded, baseless, uncivilized, gaga, unwarranted

    hospitable, husband, economize, conserve, economise

  7. waste, blow, squanderverb

    spend thoughtlessly; throw away

    "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"

    rot, swash, gasconade, ravage, botch, neutralise, liquidate, ware, neutralize, muck up, mishandle, bumble, botch up, brag, blow, scourge, burn out, lay waste to, suck, fumble, shove along, flub, fellate, desolate, ball up, bluster, do in, run off, bollocks, macerate, mess up, shove off, louse up, squander, float, gas, bollix, languish, vaunt, screw up, muff, devastate, shoot a line, blow out, emaciate, bollocks up, foul up, pine away, knock off, fluff, drift, bobble, go down on, be adrift, bungle, consume, bollix up, tout, spoil, boast, bodge

    hospitable, economize, husband, conserve, economise

  8. wasteverb

    use inefficiently or inappropriately

    "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"

    run off, emaciate, blow, scourge, neutralise, devastate, ravage, neutralize, desolate, consume, macerate, ware, languish, liquidate, squander, pine away, do in, rot, knock off, lay waste to

    hospitable, economize, conserve, husband, economise

  9. wasteverb

    get rid of

    "We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"

    run off, emaciate, blow, scourge, neutralise, devastate, ravage, neutralize, desolate, consume, macerate, ware, languish, liquidate, squander, pine away, do in, rot, knock off, lay waste to

    hospitable, conserve, economise, husband, economize

  10. waste, run offverb

    run off as waste

    "The water wastes back into the ocean"

    rot, elope, ravage, decamp, neutralise, liquidate, go off, drive off, neutralize, beetle off, absquatulate, bolt, scourge, lay waste to, bolt out, drive out, turn back, do in, xerox, macerate, run out, chase away, make off, drive away, blow, squander, languish, devastate, dispel, emaciate, photocopy, pine away, knock off, abscond, desolate, ware, consume, run off

    hospitable, conserve, husband, economize, economise

  11. neutralize, neutralise, liquidate, waste, knock off, do inverb

    get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing

    "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized"

    rot, cop, nullify, ravage, hook, neutralise, fling off, shave, liquidate, ware, neutralize, countervail, blow, scourge, lay waste to, counteract, dash off, snitch, desolate, thieve, do in, macerate, scratch off, counterbalance, toss off, squander, languish, negate, devastate, pay off, emaciate, drop, pine away, knock off, consume, glom, run off

    hospitable, economise, conserve, husband, economize

  12. consume, squander, waste, wareverb

    spend extravagantly

    "waste not, want not"

    languish, exhaust, take in, eat up, neutralise, rot, liquidate, ware, neutralize, down, blow, scourge, take, lay waste to, use up, desolate, do in, macerate, ingest, eat, run through, go through, squander, wipe out, ravage, have, devastate, emaciate, pine away, knock off, devour, consume, deplete, run off

    hospitable, economize, economise, husband, conserve

  13. pine away, waste, languishverb

    lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

    "After her husband died, she just pined away"

    run off, emaciate, ache, blow, scourge, neutralise, devastate, yen, ravage, pine, neutralize, desolate, yearn, consume, macerate, ware, languish, liquidate, squander, pine away, do in, rot, fade, knock off, lay waste to

    hospitable, economise, conserve, husband, economize

  14. waste, emaciate, macerateverb

    cause to grow thin or weak

    "The treatment emaciated him"

    run off, emaciate, blow, scourge, neutralise, devastate, ravage, neutralize, desolate, consume, macerate, ware, languish, liquidate, squander, pine away, do in, rot, knock off, lay waste to

    hospitable, conserve, husband, economise, economize

  15. lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourgeverb

    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

    "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"

    harry, scourge, emaciate, flagellate, abandon, blow, forsake, run off, devastate, desert, neutralise, pine away, neutralize, desolate, consume, macerate, ware, depopulate, languish, liquidate, squander, ravage, do in, rot, knock off, lay waste to

    hospitable, conserve, economize, husband, economise

  16. waste, rotverb

    become physically weaker

    "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"

    moulder, run off, emaciate, blow, molder, scourge, decompose, neutralise, devastate, ravage, neutralize, desolate, consume, macerate, ware, languish, liquidate, squander, pine away, do in, rot, knock off, lay waste to

    hospitable, economize, economise, husband, conserve

Editors Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  1. sewage

    Submitted by anonymous on June 18, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. wasteverb

    decrease, diminish, wear, corrode, use up, prey upon, wear away

  2. wasteverb

    consume (foolishly), spend, expend, squander, dissipate, lose, misspend, misuse, fool away, fritter away, muddle away

  3. wasteverb

    destroy, desolate, ravage, pillage, plunder, strip, ruin, spoil, devastate, sack, devour

  4. wasteverb

    dwindle, wither, pine, perish, decay, be diminished, waste away

  5. wasteverb

    swale, melt (as a candle), sweal, consume

  6. wasteadjective

    destroyed, ruined, ravaged, spoiled, devastated, desolated

  7. wasteadjective

    wild, uncultivated, bare, untitled

  8. wasteadjective

    worthless, refuse

  9. wastenoun

    consumption, loss, diminution, decrement, expenditure, wasting, dissipation

  10. wastenoun

    squandering, wanton destruction, loss

  11. wastenoun

    devastation, ravage, ruin, rapine, destruction, desolation, pillage, havoc

  12. wastenoun

    refuse, worthless matter

  13. wastenoun

    wild, wilderness, desert, solitude, lonely place, deserted region

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How to use waste in a sentence?

  1. H.L. Mencken:

    I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.

  2. Thomas Edison:

    Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.

  3. Kathryn Kellogg:

    Recycling should really be viewed as a last resort rather than the first line of defense, we need to be recycling less, not more. The zero-waste community is going above and beyond recycling by addressing the source of the problem: humans are producing far too much waste. Blogger Kathryn Kellogg has stored the bulk of her waste in a mason jar for the past two years. (Instagram Photo/going.zero.waste) According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans generate more than 250 million tons of trash while only recycling about 1.51 pounds of the approximately 4.5 pounds of waste each person creates daily. Zero waste does not mean producing no waste at all; it simply means sending nothing to a landfill, said Kellogg. While the philosophy of zero waste does include recycling, it embodies a whole-system approach to the vast amount of resources consumed and waste left behind. According to the Grassroots Recycling Network, the movement’s goal is to maximize recycling while minimizing waste and reducing consumption.

  4. Lijin Zhong:

    You can treat sludge as waste but if you change your mind the sludge is not waste but a source of energy, if you can recover your energy, if you can recover resources from waste, then you are doing something to close the (ecological) loop of the city.

  5. Andrew Opie of the BRC:

    The level of waste in supermarkets is a minor part of the whole food waste issue, the bigger target is cutting food waste at home, which supermarkets can help with, but we all have the opportunity to do that as consumers.

Translations for waste

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  • المخلفاتArabic
  • odpadCzech
  • diffeithdirWelsh
  • spildDanish
  • Verschwendung, Verfall, Müll, Einöde, wüst, verschwenden, überflüssig, verwüsten, verfallen, töten, ödeGerman
  • απόβληταGreek
  • ruboEsperanto
  • pérdida, malgastar, desperdiciar, residuosSpanish
  • hukka, jäte, jätös, hukata, tuhlata, listiä, kuihtua, jätteetFinnish
  • dégénération, dégradation, gaspillage, détruire, gâcher, dévaster, gaspiller, tuer, dépérir, déchetsFrench
  • meathIrish
  • call, cosg, sgudal, ana-caitheamh, fàsScottish Gaelic
  • אבטלהHebrew
  • hulladékHungarian
  • limbahIndonesian
  • eceso, exkremento, nekultivitaIdo
  • distesa desolata, landa desolata, decadenza, rifiuto, escremento, spreco, scarto, immondizia, deserto, devastare, sperperare, sprecare, necessario, fare fuori, deperire, incolto, inutile, residuo, distruggere, indebolire, debilitare, indebolirsi, uccidere, ammazzare, superfluo, aridoItalian
  • 無駄, 無駄使い, 糞, 荒れ地, 浪費, ゴミ, 不必要, 荒れた, ふいにする, 潰す, 無駄にするJapanese
  • 배설물Korean
  • vastumLatin
  • atkritumiLatvian
  • maumau, tōtōaMāori
  • woestenij, wegkwijning, verval, vuil, verkwisting, verspilling, afval, rommel, verwoesten, verspillen, verdoen, verklungelen, wegkwijnen, verzwakken, overtollig, verkwisten, woest, vermorsen, koud maken, braakliggendDutch
  • AvfallNorwegian
  • śmieci, marnować, marnotrawstwoPolish
  • ermo, desperdício, degeneração, lixo, fezes, excremento, degradação, deserto, refugo, dejeto, desperdiçar, matar, definhar, destruir, devastarPortuguese
  • deșert, pierdere, gunoi, rest, pustietate, irosire, excrement, decădere, deșeu, sterp, distruge, devasta, irosi, pierde, pustiu, omorî, emacia, superfluu, descărna, slăbi, decădea, inutil, prisos, risipi, ucideRomanian
  • излишняя трата, растрата, грохать, тратить, кокнуть, расточать, замочить, грохнуть, укокошить, транжиритьRussian
  • smeće, otpadSerbo-Croatian
  • ödemark, spill, skräp, avfall, förfall, avföring, överflödig, föröda, förfalla, förslösa, spilla, öde, försvaga, ödelägga, förspillaSwedish
  • చెత్త, వృధా చేయుTelugu
  • harcamak, atıkTurkish
  • відходиUkrainian
  • chất thảiVietnamese
  • furler, kischirerWalloon
  • 垃圾Chinese

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