Synonyms of waste in English:

waste


See definition of waste

verb

1‘he doesn't like to waste money on bus fares’

SYNONYMS

squander, fritter away, misspend, misuse, spend recklessly, throw away, lavish, be wasteful with, dissipate, spend like water, throw around like confetti

go through, run through, exhaust, drain, deplete, burn up, use up, consume

informal blow, splurge

ANTONYMS

conserve

2‘junkies wasting away in the streets’

SYNONYMS

grow weak, wither, atrophy, become emaciated, shrivel up, shrink, decay

decline, wilt, fade, flag, deteriorate, degenerate, rot, moulder, languish, be abandoned, be neglected, be forgotten, be disregarded

ANTONYMS

flourish, thrive

3‘the disease had wasted his legs’

SYNONYMS

emaciate, atrophy, wither, debilitate, shrivel, shrink, weaken, enfeeble, sap the strength of

4‘I saw them waste the guy I worked for’

SYNONYMS

murder, kill, do away with, assassinate, liquidate, do to death, eliminate, terminate, dispatch, finish off, put to death, execute

slaughter, butcher, massacre, wipe out, destroy, annihilate, eradicate, exterminate, extirpate, decimate, mow down, shoot down, cut down, cut to pieces

bump off, polish off, do in, knock off, top, take out, croak, stiff

ice, off, rub out, whack, smoke

literary slay


adjective

1‘I collected two bags containing waste material’

SYNONYMS

unwanted, excess, superfluous, left over, scrap, extra, unused, useless, worthless

unproductive, unusable, unprofitable

ANTONYMS

useful

2‘she took a shortcut across waste ground’

SYNONYMS

uncultivated, barren, desert, unproductive, infertile, unfruitful, arid, bare

desolate, solitary, lonely, empty, void, uninhabited, unpopulated

wild

ANTONYMS

cultivated


noun

1‘what a waste of money’

SYNONYMS

squandering, dissipation, frittering away, misspending, misuse, misapplication, misemployment, abuse

prodigality, extravagance, wastefulness, lavishness, unthriftiness

2‘household waste’

SYNONYMS

rubbish, refuse, litter, debris, dross, junk, detritus, scrap

dregs, leavings, remains, scraps, offscourings

sewage, effluent, effluvium

North American garbage, trash

3usually wastes‘the frozen wastes of the South Pole’

SYNONYMS

desert, wasteland, wilderness, barrenness, emptiness, vastness, wilds


Phrases

    lay waste

      ‘the army laid waste to hundreds of villages’

      SYNONYMS

      devastate, wipe out, destroy, demolish, annihilate, raze, ruin, leave in ruins, wreck, level, flatten, gut, consume, ravage, pillage, sack, wreak havoc on

      literary

      despoil

      rare

      depredate