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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: waste /weɪst/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theywaste
he/she/itwastes
present participlewasting
past tensewasted
past participlewasted
  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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Employed but with No Disposable Income or Savings: people who are in work but only earn just enough to live on

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