waste


waste
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noun
1 missing an opportunity to do/use sth
ADJECTIVE
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
tragic

a tragic waste of human life

expensive
conspicuous
VERB + WASTE
go to

If nobody comes all this food will go to waste.

cause
avoid

Try to avoid unnecessary waste.

cut, cut down on, reduce
minimize
PREPOSITION
waste of

a waste of energy/resources

2 unwanted substances/things
ADJECTIVE
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
chemical
plastic
electronic

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)
municipal
liquid, solid
energy, food
building (BrE), construction (AmE)

Three quarters of all construction waste was recycled.

VERB + WASTE
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
eliminate
export, import

Industrialized countries continue to export their waste.

WASTE + VERB
contaminate sth, pollute sth

areas contaminated by industrial waste

WASTE + NOUN
collection
disposal, incineration
storage
processing, recycling (BrE), reprocessing (BrE), treatment

a waste processing plant

management
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.

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

the frozen wastes of Antarctica

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verb
ADVERB
(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.

largely
VERB + WASTE
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.

PREPOSITION
on

Don't waste your money on a hotel room.

PHRASES
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
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adj.
Waste is used with these nouns: ↑land, ↑paper, ↑product, ↑water

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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