Waste, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Wasting.]
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.
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.
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.
adj 1: serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being;
"otiose lines in a play"; "advice is wasted words"
[syn: otiose, pointless, superfluous]
2: not used to good advantage; "squandered money cannot be
replaced"; "a wasted effort" [syn: squandered]
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,
diminished] [ant: 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]
5: made uninhabitable; "upon this blasted heath"- Shakespeare;
"a wasted landscape" [syn: blasted, desolate, desolated,
devastated, ravaged, ruined]