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consumption

noun con·sump·tion \kən-ˈsəm(p)-shən\

: the act of eating or drinking something

: the use of something (such as fuel)

: use by a particular group of people

Full Definition of CONSUMPTION

1
a :  a progressive wasting away of the body especially from pulmonary tuberculosis
b :  tuberculosis
2
a :  the act or process of consuming <consumption of food> <consumption of resources>
b :  use by or exposure to a particular group or audience <the document was not intended for public consumption>
3
:  the utilization of economic goods in the satisfaction of wants or in the process of production resulting chiefly in their destruction, deterioration, or transformation
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Examples of CONSUMPTION

  1. The jet's high fuel consumption makes it expensive to operate.

Origin of CONSUMPTION

Middle English consumpcioun, from Latin consumption-, consumptio, from consumere
First Known Use: 14th century
CONSUMPTION Defined for Kids

consumption

noun con·sump·tion \kən-ˈsəmp-shən\

Definition of CONSUMPTION for Kids

1
:  the act or process of using up something (as food or coal)
2
:  a wasting away of the body especially from tuberculosis of the lungs
Medical Dictionary

consumption

noun con·sump·tion \kən-ˈsəm(p)-shən\

Medical Definition of CONSUMPTION

1
:  a progressive wasting away of the body especially from pulmonary tuberculosis
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