Pronunciation: (wā'stij), [key]
1. loss by use, wear, decay, etc.
2. loss or losses as the result of wastefulness: The annual wastage of time due to illness is appalling.
3. the action or process of wasting: the steady wastage of erosion.
4. something that is wasted; waste or waste materials: The river was befouled by factory wastage.
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