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    #1

    "waste" "squander"

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    squander
    [+ obj] : to use (something) in a foolish or wasteful way
    ▪ She squandered her inheritance/allowance. ▪ He vowed not to squander this opportunity. ▪ The government squandered [=wasted] the money on failed programs.
    How do the sentences below sound to you?
    ▪ She wasted her inheritance/allowance. ▪ He vowed not to waste this opportunity.

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    #2

    Re: "waste" "squander"

    They sound OK but less colourful or emphatic than the squander versions.

    It's because waste is a much commoner word with wider applications.

    Rover

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