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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Waste \Waste\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Wasted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wasting}.] [OE. wasten, OF. waster, guaster, gaster, F. g[^a]ter to spoil, L. vastare to devastate, to lay waste, fr. vastus waste, desert, uncultivated, ravaged, vast, but influenced by a kindred German word; cf. OHG. wuosten, G. w["u]sten, AS. w[=e]stan. See {Waste}, adjective]

1. To bring to ruin; to devastate; to desolate; to destroy.

Thou barren ground, whom winter's wrath hath wasted, Art made a mirror to behold my plight. --Spenser.

The Tiber Insults our walls, and wastes our fruitful grounds. --Dryden.

2. To wear away by degrees; to impair gradually; to diminish by constant loss; to use up; to consume; to spend; to wear out.

Until your carcasses be wasted in the wilderness. --Num. xiv. 33.

O, were I able To waste it all myself, and leave ye none! --Milton.

Here condemned To waste eternal days in woe and pain. --Milton.

Wasted by such a course of life, the infirmities of age daily grew on him. --Robertson.

3. To spend unnecessarily or carelessly; to employ prodigally; to expend without valuable result; to apply to useless purposes; to lavish vainly; to squander; to cause to be lost; to destroy by scattering or injury.

The younger son gathered all together, and . . . wasted his substance with riotous living. --Luke xv. 13.

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air. --Gray.

4. (Law) To damage, impair, or injure, as an estate, voluntarily, or by suffering the buildings, fences, etc., to go to decay.

Syn: To squander; dissipate; lavish; desolate.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

wasted

adjective

1: serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being; "otiose lines in a play"; "advice is wasted words"; "a pointless remark"; "a life essentially purposeless"; "senseless violence" [syn: {otiose}, {pointless}, {purposeless}, {senseless}, {superfluous}, {wasted}]

2: not used to good advantage; "squandered money cannot be replaced"; "a wasted effort" [syn: {squandered}, {wasted}]

3: (of an organ or body part) diminished in size or strength as a result of disease or injury or lack of use; "partial paralysis resulted in an atrophied left arm" [syn: {atrophied}, {wasted}, {diminished}] [ant: {enlarged}, {hypertrophied}]

4: very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold; "emaciated bony hands"; "a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys"; "eyes were haggard and cavernous"; "small pinched faces"; "kept life in his wasted frame only by grim concentration" [syn: {bony}, {cadaverous}, {emaciated}, {gaunt}, {haggard}, {pinched}, {skeletal}, {wasted}]


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