from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not profitably used or maintained: a wasted inheritance.
  • adj. Needless or superfluous: These are wasted words.
  • adj. Deteriorated; ravaged: a wasted landscape.
  • adj. Frail and enfeebled, as from prolonged illness; emaciated.
  • adj. Slang Drunk or intoxicated.
  • adj. Archaic Having elapsed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not profitably used.
  • adj. Ravaged or deteriorated.
  • adj. Emaciated and haggard.
  • adj. very drunk or stoned.
  • adj. low weight-for-height (for a person).
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of waste.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being
  • adj. not used to good advantage
  • adj. very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
  • adj. (of an organ or body part) diminished in size or strength as a result of disease or injury or lack of use


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  • In short, at a tolerably large wine-party there was wasted, or _worse than wasted_, a quantity of Port wine sufficient to check the ravages of a typhus fever in an entire village.

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  • As brilliantly demonstrated in Jeff James's assured revival at The Print Room, in Bayswater, there's not a word wasted in this quietly harrowing portrait of a high-ranking official in an unnamed autocratic state conducting a series of sinister, sadistic "chats" with three detained and abused members of the same family: husband, wife and child. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Will they elect another Democratic Senator only to see his term wasted by the dying remnants of Plantation and slave owners?

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  • Mira took a nap, woke, heated a TV dinner, and prepared to study late into the night to make up for what she called a wasted day.

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  • Instead of looking at this issue for what it is, we get a petty post about $2-$3 million in "wasted" money.

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  • This is one of the worst, it's costing this country billions of dollars in wasted funds, I feel as though there should be no argument as to whether or not this healthcare system of ours needs to be reformed, if the Republicans can actually come up with a better proposal then maybe we can reach some middle ground here.

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  • FLATOW: And I'm trying to get my head around that fact that you just said, and the energy wasted is more than all the ethanol we're making ...

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  • How do broader policies and spending decisions contribute to inefficiencies and MILLIONS OF $ in wasted funds each year?

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  • Ditto re the flash, where do you get your information from?? we have to log the vehicle out and account for every tenth of a mile for every journey and considering that all authorised emergency service drivers have legal exemptions from speed limits anyway, literally millions of pounds in wasted time and resources have been spent by the Met alone justifying camera flashes just to appease people like you.

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  • They were squandered, and a major part of the blame for their being wasted is leftist sentimentalism.

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  • You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    December 16, 2009

  • "Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania noted last month on Meet the Press that 'our troops are tired and worn out. (With respect to the) Pennsylvania National Guard, most of our guardsmen have been to either Iraq (or) Afghanistan, over 85 percent, and many of them have gone three or four times and they’re wasted.'”

    - William Astore, They’re Wasted: The Price of Pushing Our Troops Too Far,, 16 Dec 2009.

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