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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 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) 2.0

      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]