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All this uneaten food – what a waste!
a campaign to increase efficiency and reduce waste in government departments
a waste of young talent
There was growing opposition to the war and its senseless waste of life.
The cherries will just go to waste if we don't pick them soon.
A bill was introduced to clean up toxic wastes from local factories.
a controversy over the storage of nuclear waste
human waste (=substances that your body gets rid of when you go to the toilet)
The process recycles domestic waste to produce fertilizer.
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the seed of a plant called anise, used for adding flavour to food and drink