Consume meaning

kən-so͝om
To take in as food; eat or drink up.
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To purchase economic goods and services.

A society that consumes as fast as it produces.

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To absorb completely; engross or obsess.

Consumed with envy, a consuming interest.

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To destroy totally; ravage.

Flames that consumed the house; a body consumed by cancer.

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To absorb; engross.

Consumed with jealousy.

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To consume is to use something up, destroy something or eat something.

An example of consume is when people use up all the world's oil.

An example of consume is when you eat a hamburger.

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To destroy, as by fire; do away with.
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To buy consumer goods or services for one's personal needs.
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To buy for one's personal needs.
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To use.

The power plant consumes 30 tons of coal per hour.

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To eat.

Baby birds consume their own weight in food each day.

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To completely occupy the thoughts or attention of.

Desire consumed him.

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To destroy completely.

The building was consumed by fire.

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1899, Kate Chopin, The Awakening.

He assured her the child was consuming at that moment in the next room.

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To waste; squander.
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To eat or drink up; devour.
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(now rare) To waste away; perish.
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Origin of consume

  • Middle English consumen from Latin cōnsūmere com- intensive pref. com– sūmere to take em- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French consumer, from Latin consumere.

    From Wiktionary