US: /ˈweɪst/
UK: /wˈe‍ɪst/

English Vietnamese dictionary

waste /weist/
  • tính từ
    • bỏ hoang, hoang vu (đất)
      • waste land: đất hoang
      • to lie waste: để hoang; bị bỏ hoang
    • bị tàn phá
      • to lay waste: tàn phá
    • bỏ đi, vô giá trị, không dùng nữa, bị thải đi
      • waste gas; waste steam: khí thừa
      • waste paper: giấy lộn, giấy vứt đi
      • waste water: nước thải, nước bẩn đổ đi
    • vô vị, buồn tẻ
      • the waste periods of history: những thời kỳ vô vị của lịch sử
  • danh từ
    • sa mạc; vùng hoang vu, đất hoang
      • the wastes of the Sahara: sa mạc Xa-ha-ra
    • rác rưởi; thức ăn thừa
    • (kỹ thuật) vật thải ra, vật vô giá trị không dùng nữa
      • printing waste: giấy in còn lại; giấy vụn sau khi đóng sách
    • sự phung phí, sự lãng phí; sự hao phí
      • it's a sheer waste of time: thật chỉ phí thì giờ
      • to run (go) to waste: uổng phí đi
      • to prevent a waste of gas: để ngăn ngừa sự hao phí hơi đốt
  • ngoại động từ
    • lãng phí
      • to waste one's time: lãng phí thì giờ
      • to waste one's words: nói uổng lời
      • waste not, want not: không phung phí thì không túng thiếu
    • (từ Mỹ,nghĩa Mỹ) bỏ qua, để lỡ
      • to waste one's chance: để lỡ cơ hội
    • bỏ hoang (đất đai)
    • tàn phá
    • làm hao mòn dần
      • a wasting disease: một bệnh làm hao mòn sức khoẻ
    • (pháp lý) làm hư hỏng, làm mất phẩm chất (của vật gì)
    • nội động từ
      • lãng phí, uổng phí
        • don't let water waste: đừng để nước chảy phí đi
      • hao mòn
        • to waste away: gầy mòn ốm yếu đi
      • (từ cổ,nghĩa cổ) trôi qua (ngày, tháng...)
        • the day wastes: ngày trôi qua

    Advanced English dictionary

    verb, noun, adjective
    + verb [VN]
    not use well
    1 ~ sth (on sth)
    ~ sth (in) doing sth to use more of sth than is necessary or useful: to waste time / food / energy + Why waste money on clothes you don't need? + She wasted no time in rejecting the offer (= she rejected it immediately). + We got straight down to business without wasting time on small talk. + You're wasting your time trying to explain it to him (= because he will not understand).
    2 ~ sth (on sb/sth) to give, say, use, etc. sth good where it is not valued or used in the way that it should be: Don't waste your sympathy on him-he got what he deserved. + Her comments were not wasted on Chris (= he understood what she meant).
    3 [usually passive] to not make good or full use of sb/sth: It was a wasted opportunity. + His talents are wasted in that job. + You're wasted as a sales manager-you should have been an actor.
    kill sb
    4 (informal, especially AmE) to get rid of sb, usually by killing them
    defeat sb
    5 (AmE, informal) to defeat sb very badly in a game or competition
    Idioms: waste your breath to say sth that nobody takes any notice of
    waste not, want not (saying) if you never waste anything, especially food or money, you will always have it when you need it
    Phrasal Verbs: waste away (of a person) to become thin and weak, especially because of illness
    + noun
    not good use
    1 [U, sing.] ~ (of sth) the act of using sth in a careless or unnecessary way, causing it to be lost or destroyed: I hate unnecessary waste. + It seems such a waste to throw good food away. + I hate to see good food go to waste (= be thrown away). + The report is critical of the department's waste of resources. + What a waste of paper!
    2 [sing.] a situation in which it is not worth spending time, money, etc. on sth: These meetings are a complete waste of time. + They believe the statue is a waste of taxpayers' money.
    3 [U] (also wastes [pl.]) materials that are no longer needed and are thrown away: household / industrial waste + toxic / radioactive wastes + waste pipes (= that carry waste away from a building) + waste disposal (= the process of getting rid of waste)
    4 (wastes) [pl.] (formal) a large area of land where there are very few people, animals or plants: the frozen wastes of Siberia
    Idioms: a waste of space (spoken) a person who is useless or no good at anything
    + adjective [usually before noun]
    1 not suitable for building or growing things on and is therefore not used: The car was found on a piece of waste ground.
    2 no longer needed for a particular process and therefore thrown away: Waste water is pumped from the factory into a nearby river.
    Idioms: lay sth waste
    lay waste (to) sth (formal) to destroy a place completely: The invading army laid waste to towns and villages on their way to the capital. + an area laid waste by war

    Thesaurus dictionary

    1 squander, misuse, throw away, fritter away, misspend, splurge, dissipate, Slang blow:
    Why I wasted so much time on him I'll never know. Don't waste your money on such frivolities.
    2 Often, waste away. diminish, deteriorate, dwindle, decline, decay, atrophy, wither, shrink, weaken, become debilitated, fade, become enervated or enfeebled, regress, ebb, sink:
    She is just wasting away, and I am seriously worried that she may not recover.
    3 enervate, enfeeble, emaciate, gnaw, destroy, consume, debilitate, exhaust, disable:
    Arkwright contracted a terrible wasting disease while in the tropics.
    4 assassinate, murder, kill, Slang put away, rub out, US ice:
    Don't worry, Boss, we'll waste Andy and you won't have no more trouble.
    5 misuse, misapplication, squandering, dissipation, misemployment, abuse, neglect:
    What a terrible waste of talent to have such a person doing such lowly work! Do not let that genius go to waste.
    6 wasting, extravagance, prodigality, wastefulness, squandering, indulgence, lavishness, profligacy, dissoluteness, improvidence, overindulgence:
    Government waste is one of our biggest problems.
    7 refuse, rubbish, garbage, dregs, debris, leavings, scrap, offscourings, sweepings, litter, Archaic orts, US and Canadian trash:
    Techniques are being developed to process the waste in order to avoid using landfills, incineration, or dumping at sea.
    8 wasteland, desert, wilderness, barrens, wilds, emptiness, vastness:
    Beyond that system were vast wastes of uninhabited space.
    9 extra, leftover, unused, superfluous, worthless, useless:
    The waste food was usually fed to the animals.
    10 barren, unproductive, unusable, unsalvageable, useless, unrecyclable, unprofitable, worthless:
    The waste products of manufacture are a big problem.
    11 lay waste. devastate, destroy, demolish, despoil, ruin, wreck, ravage, pillage, sack, plunder, loot, rob, strip, spoil, gut, ransack, wreak havoc (up)on, crush, raze, annihilate, eradicate, extirpate, wipe out:
    These lands and cities, laid waste by the invaders, have never recovered.

    Collocation dictionary

    1 missing an opportunity to do/use sth


    absolute, complete, total, utter
    The whole thing has been a complete waste of time.
    | colossal, great, tremendous | awful, criminal, senseless, shocking, terrible
    a criminal waste of public money
    | needless, unnecessary, useless | tragic
    a tragic waste of human life
    | expensive | conspicuous


    go to
    If nobody comes all this food will go to waste.
    | cause | avoid
    Try to avoid unnecessary waste.
    | cut down on, reduce | minimize


    ~ of
    a waste of energy/resources

    2 unwanted substances/things


    dangerous, harmful, hazardous, poisonous, toxic
    a dump containing hazardous waste
    | non-toxic | high-level, intermediate-level, low-level | recyclable | agricultural, commercial, industrial | domestic, household, kitchen
    All household waste should be disposed of in strong garbage bags.
    | clinical, hospital, medical | nuclear, radioactive | chemical | plastic | organic | animal, human | garden, plant | municipal | liquid, solid | food, energy


    Tonnes of waste are produced every year.
    | dispose of, dump, get rid of
    More people are dumping waste illegally.
    | clean up
    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
    | recycle, reprocess | deal with, handle, manage
    the best solutions for managing waste
    | cut down on, reduce | eliminate | export, import
    Industrialized countries continue to export their waste.


    contaminate sth, pollute sth
    areas contaminated by industrial waste


    collection | burial, disposal, incineration | storage | processing, recycling, reprocessing, treatment
    a waste reprocessing plant
    | management | minimization, reduction | bin | dump, site, tip
    The river was used for years as an industrial waste dump.
    | outlet, pipe | imports
    a ban on waste imports

    3 wastes: areas of ground not lived in or cultivated


    frozen, icy
    the frozen wastes of Antarctica


    (not) entirely, (not) totally
    In the end her efforts were not entirely wasted.
    | just, simply
    You're just wasting your breath. She never listens.
    | largely


    can't afford to, not want to
    He didn't want to waste valuable time in idle gossip.
    | be/seem a shame to
    It seems a shame to waste this good food.
    | not be going 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!

    Concise English dictionary

    +any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted
    +useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly
    +the trait of wasting resources
    +an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation
    +(law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
    +spend thoughtlessly; throw away
    +use inefficiently or inappropriately
    +get rid of
    +run off as waste
    +get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing
    +spend extravagantly
    +lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
    +cause to grow thin or weak
    +devastate or ravage
    +waste away
    +located in a dismal or remote area; desolate