1 missing an opportunity to do/use sth
absolute, complete, total, utter

The whole thing has been a complete waste of time.

big, colossal, enormous, great, huge, tremendous
awful, criminal, senseless, shocking, terrible

a criminal waste of public money

needless, pointless, unnecessary, useless

a tragic waste of human life

go to

If nobody comes all this food will go to waste.


Try to avoid unnecessary waste.

cut, cut down on, reduce
waste of

a waste of energy/resources

2 unwanted substances/things
dangerous, harmful, hazardous, poisonous, toxic

a dump containing hazardous waste

high-level, low-level
recyclable (esp. BrE), recycled
agricultural, commercial, industrial
domestic, household, kitchen

All household waste should be disposed of in strong garbage bags.

clinical (BrE), hospital, infectious (esp. AmE), medical
nuclear, radioactive

the vast amounts of electronic waste being shipped to developing countries

green, organic
animal, fish, hog (AmE), livestock, poultry
bodily, body, human
factory, mining, slaughterhouse (esp. AmE)

new regulations on the feeding of slaughterhouse waste to cattle

garden (esp. BrE), plant, vegetable, wood, yard (AmE)
liquid, solid
energy, food
building (BrE), construction (AmE)

Three quarters of all construction waste was recycled.

create, generate, produce

Tonnes of waste are produced every year.

dispose of, dump, get rid of

More people are dumping waste illegally.

clean up, remove

the highly expensive task of cleaning up toxic waste

burn, incinerate

an incinerator for burning hospital waste

bury, store
process, treat

facilities for processing radioactive waste

convert into sth, recycle

technology to convert solid waste into renewable energy

deal with, handle, manage

the best solutions for managing waste

cut, cut down on, minimize, reduce
export, import

Industrialized countries continue to export their waste.

contaminate sth, pollute sth

areas contaminated by industrial waste

disposal, incineration
processing, recycling (BrE), reprocessing (BrE), treatment

a waste processing plant

minimization, reduction
basket, bin (BrE), paper basket (esp. BrE)
dump, facility, repository (esp. AmE), site, tip (BrE)

The river was used for years as an industrial waste dump.

pipe (esp. BrE)
3 wastes areas of ground not lived in or cultivated
desert, frozen, icy

the frozen wastes of Antarctica

(not) completely, (not) entirely, (not) totally

In the end her efforts were not entirely wasted.

just, simply

You're just wasting your breath. She never listens.

can't afford to, not want to

He didn't want to waste valuable time in idle gossip.

hate to

Their father hated to waste energy.

be a shame to, seem a shame to

It seems a shame to waste this good food.

not be going to, not intend to, refuse to

I'm not going to waste any more time on the problem.


Don't waste your money on a hotel room.

no time to waste

Hurry up—there's no time to waste!

Waste is used with these nouns as the object: ↑breath, ↑chance, ↑effort, ↑energy, ↑fuel, ↑hour, ↑minute, ↑money, ↑resource, ↑space, ↑sympathy, ↑talent, ↑time, ↑vote, ↑youth
Waste is used with these nouns: ↑land, ↑paper, ↑product, ↑water

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