Synonyms of waste
1 squanderDictionary • We can't afford to waste money on another holiday.
squander • He had squandered his chances to win.
blow (slang) • My brother lent me some money and I went and blew the lot.
misuse • The committee has cleared leaders of misusing funds.
dissipate • Her father had dissipated her inheritance.
frivol away (informal)
2 wear outDictionary • a cruel disease which wastes the muscles often followed by away
wither • His leg muscles had withered from lack of use.
deplete • substances that deplete the ozone layer
debilitate • Fear threatened to debilitate me.
drain • My emotional turmoil has drained me.
undermine • They are accused of trying to undermine the government.
exhaust • The effort of speaking had exhausted him.
disable • Tendon damage really disabled her.
consume • Some of the most efficient refrigerators consume 70 percent less electricity than traditional models.
corrode • Engineers found that the structure had been corroded by moisture.
sap the strength of
1 squandering • The whole project is a complete waste of time and resources.
misuse • the misuse of public funds
loss • The loss of income is about £250 million.
extravagance • He was accused of gross mismanagement and financial extravagance.
dissipation • the dissipation of my wealth
, good housekeeping
2 rubbishDictionary • This country produces 10 million tonnes of toxic waste every year.
rubbish • unwanted household rubbish
refuse • a weekly collection of refuse
debris • People were killed by flying debris.
scrap • cut up for scrap
litter • If you see litter in the corridor, pick it up.
garbage • rotting piles of garbage
trash (US, Canadian) • The yards are overgrown and cluttered with trash.
dross • gold nuggets from dross
3 desertDictionary • the barren wastes of the Sahara usually plural
desert • The vehicles have been modified to suit conditions in the desert.
wilderness • He looked out over a wilderness of mountain, lake and forest.
solitude (poetic) • travelling by yourself in these vast solitudes
wasteland • Pollution has already turned vast areas into a wasteland.
1 unwantedDictionary • suitable locations for the disposal of waste products
unwanted • The city plan would promote unwanted development in the suburbs.
worthless • Training is worthless unless there is proof that it works.
leftover • Leftover chicken makes a wonderful salad.
superfluous • My presence at the afternoon's proceedings was superflous.
2 uncultivatedDictionary • Yarrow can be found growing wild on waste ground.
wild • one of the few wild areas remaining in the South East
bare • a bare landscape
barren • the Tibetan landscape of the high barren mountains
empty • The room was bare and empty.
desolate • a desolate, godforsaken place
unproductive • increasingly unproductive land
uninhabited • an uninhabited island in the North Pacific
, in use
IDIOM:▷ lay something waste
PHRASAL VERB:▷ waste away
PROVERB:It's no use making shoes for geese
usage note:Waste and wastage are to some extent interchangeable, but many people think that wastage should not be used to refer to loss resulting from human carelessness, inefficiency, etc: a waste (not a wastage) of time, money, effort, etc.
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bareBare is used in front of an amount to emphasize how small it is.
• a bare landscape
barrenA barren landscape is dry and bare, and has very few plants and no trees.
• the Tibetan landscape of the high barren mountains
blow (informal)If you blow a large amount of money, you spend it quickly on luxuries.
• My brother lent me some money and I went and blew the lot.
Thesaurus for waste from the Collins English Thesaurus
to use, consume, or expend thoughtlessly, carelessly, or to no avail