From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.]
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   1. To bring to ruin; to devastate; to desolate; to destroy.
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            Thou barren ground, whom winter's wrath hath wasted,
            Art made a mirror to behold my plight. --Spenser.
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            The Tiber
            Insults our walls, and wastes our fruitful grounds.
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   2. To wear away by degrees; to impair gradually; to diminish
      by constant loss; to use up; to consume; to spend; to wear
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            Until your carcasses be wasted in the wilderness.
                                                  --Num. xiv.
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            O, were I able
            To waste it all myself, and leave ye none! --Milton.
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            Here condemned
            To waste eternal days in woe and pain. --Milton.
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            Wasted by such a course of life, the infirmities of
            age daily grew on him.                --Robertson.
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   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.
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            The younger son gathered all together, and . . .
            wasted his substance with riotous living. --Luke xv.
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            Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
            And waste its sweetness on the desert air. --Gray.
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   4. (Law) To damage, impair, or injure, as an estate,
      voluntarily, or by suffering the buildings, fences, etc.,
      to go to decay.
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   Syn: To squander; dissipate; lavish; desolate.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wasting \Wast"ing\, a.
   Causing waste; also, undergoing waste; diminishing; as, a
   wasting disease; a wasting fortune.
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   Wasting palsy (Med.), progressive muscular atrophy. See
      under Progressive.
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