waste - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
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.

  3. 3
    mainly American very informal to kill someone

phrasal verbs