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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Waste  \Waste\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Wasted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Wasting}.]  [OE.  wasten,  OF  waster,  guaster,  gaster,  F. 
  g[^a]ter  to  spoil,  L.  vastare  to  devastate,  to  lay  waste,  fr 
  vastus  waste,  desert,  uncultivated,  ravaged,  vast,  but 
  influenced  by  a  kindred  German  word  cf  OHG.  wuosten  G. 
  w["u]sten,  AS  w[=e]stan.  See  {Waste},  a.] 
  1.  To  bring  to  ruin;  to  devastate;  to  desolate;  to  destroy. 
  Thou  barren  ground,  whom  winter's  wrath  hath  wasted, 
  Art  made  a  mirror  to  behold  my  plight.  --Spenser. 
  The  Tiber  Insults  our  walls,  and  wastes  our  fruitful 
  grounds.  --Dryden. 
  2.  To  wear  away  by  degrees;  to  impair  gradually;  to  diminish 
  by  constant  loss  to  use  up  to  consume;  to  spend;  to  wear 
  Until  your  carcasses  be  wasted  in  the  wilderness. 
  --Num.  xiv. 
  O,  were  I  able  To  waste  it  all  myself,  and  leave  ye 
  none!  --Milton. 
  Here  condemned  To  waste  eternal  days  in  woe  and 
  pain.  --Milton. 
  Wasted  by  such  a  course  of  life,  the  infirmities  of 
  age  daily  grew  on  him  --Robertson. 
  3.  To  spend  unnecessarily  or  carelessly;  to  employ 
  prodigally;  to  expend  without  valuable  result;  to  apply  to 
  useless  purposes;  to  lavish  vainly;  to  squander;  to  cause 
  to  be  lost;  to  destroy  by  scattering  or  injury. 
  The  younger  son  gathered  all  together,  and  .  .  . 
  wasted  his  substance  with  riotous  living.  --Luke  xv 
  Full  many  a  flower  is  born  to  blush  unseen,  And 
  waste  its  sweetness  on  the  desert  air.  --Gray. 
  4.  (Law)  To  damage,  impair,  or  injure,  as  an  estate, 
  voluntarily,  or  by  suffering  the  buildings,  fences,  etc., 
  to  go  to  decay. 
  Syn:  To  squander;  dissipate;  lavish;  desolate. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wasting  \Wast"ing\,  a. 
  Causing  waste;  also  undergoing  waste;  diminishing;  as  a 
  wasting  disease;  a  wasting  fortune. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  decrease  in  size  of  an  organ  caused  by  disease  or  disuse 
  [syn:  {atrophy},  {wasting  away}] 

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