The word "waste" is similar to the word "garbage" when it’s used as a noun.
- There’s some waste in the trash can.
- Human waste should never get into the water supply.
- Don’t let that food go to waste.
If something is not used completely, wisely, or properly, we say that it’s a "waste."
- All of our effort has been a complete waste.
- HIs life is a waste.
- Never let your education go to waste.
- Your mind will go to waste if it’s not used.
- What a waste!
In these sentences, "wasted" is an adjective:
- Prisons are full of people with wasted lives.
- There’s a lot of wasted food in the dumpster behind the grocery store.
- He’s so wasted. (This is kind of an expression. It means that he’s really drunk or high on drugs.)
In these sentences, "waste" is a verb:
- Angela wasted two years with Tony before she finally decided to end their relationship.
- The money we spent on this furniture was wasted. It’s already falling apart.
- Rick wasted his money on casinos and fancy cars. Now he has nothing.
- Don’t waste natural resources such as water and land. They’re too valuable.
Don’t waste the Earth!
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This page was first published on July 2, 2012. It was updated on March 26, 2015.