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verb [transitive] waste pronunciation in American English /weɪst/
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present tense
I/you/we/theywaste
he/she/itwastes
present participlewasting
past tensewasted
past participlewasted
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  1. 1
    to use more of something than is necessary, or to use it in a way that does not produce the best results
    A great deal of time was wasted arguing over the details of the contract.
    There were accusations that the government was wasting public money.
    waste something on something: Why do you waste your money on lottery tickets?
  2. 2
    to fail to make effective use of something that is valuable and could help you
    It made him sick to see all that hard work wasted.
    waste a chance/opportunity: She had wasted the opportunity to talk to a Hollywood producer.

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