con·​sum·​able | \ kən-ˈsü-mə-bəl How to pronounce consumable (audio) \

Definition of consumable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of being consumed consumable goods



Definition of consumable (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as food or fuel) that is consumable usually used in plural

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Roughly 83 percent of consumable food calories come from just these 10 sources. Deepak Ray, The Conversation, "Climate change is affecting crop yields and reducing global food supplies," 9 July 2019 The company manufactures equipment that extracts compounds called CBD, or cannabidiol, and THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, from hemp and marijuana into oil that can then be processed into a variety of consumable products thought to have health benefits. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Troy business is a world leader in hemp extraction," 3 July 2019 The best consumable bivalves come from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest through much of the year, switching to colder New England and Prince Edward Island, Canada, sources in summer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cooking shellfish: Chef Paul Arias shares recipes and tips," 18 June 2019 So do levies on food, gasoline and other key consumable items. Adrian D. Garcia, The Seattle Times, "Is a state with no income tax — like Washington — better or worse?," 10 Sep. 2018 The fourth quintile’s share fell from 20.5% to 18.6%, while the top quintile dropped from 57.7% of earnings to 39.3% of consumable income. Phil Gramm And, WSJ, "How Income Equality Helped Trump," 24 June 2018 Much improved, the new policy actually makes for a read that is finally consumable. Wilson Rothman, WSJ, "Facebook Has a New Data Policy—Here’s the Short Version," 20 Apr. 2018 This makes sense, as these are consumable parts with finite use ranges. Alex Leanse, Popular Mechanics, "Here's How Car Maintenance Costs Increase With Mileage," 28 Nov. 2016 Adam Glass’ series continues to be an electric, effortlessly consumable blend of history and pulp. Will Nevin,, "WW #97: Imagination, moxie and the magic of 'Metal'," 6 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This limited consumables can be purchased or they can be crafted using ingredients players find in the wild. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ tips for ‘Pokemon Go’ players and newcomers," 20 June 2019 For instance, this will allow for taking more consumables instead of recycling them, more equipment and spare parts, and other infrastructure, Wooster said. Ben Pearson, Ars Technica, "SpaceX beginning to tackle some of the big challenges for a Mars journey," 3 June 2019 The owner of Dove soap and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream said Tuesday that Sunny Jain, currently Amazon’s head of consumables, would begin his new role in June. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Amazon Executive to Head Unilever’s Beauty Business Amid Digital Push," 26 Mar. 2019 If possible, place the pantry near the fridge to keep the consumables zone consolidated. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Zoning," 11 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, net sales for Dollar General jumped 11% to $6.44 billion, as stronger sales of consumables, seasonal items and apparel offset declines in home goods. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Dollar-Store Sales Rise, Though Shoppers Feel Pressure of Rising Costs," 30 Aug. 2018 The crew has consumables for months and could be re-supplied by two US cargo ships as well as a Japanese vehicle. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "On Thursday a rocket failed. Three humans remain on the ISS. What’s next?," 11 Oct. 2018 Higher same-store sales during the third quarter were driven by an increase in average transaction amount and sales in the consumables, seasonal and home categories, partially offering sales declines in the apparel category. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Dollar General Focuses on Food as It Eyes Expansion," 4 Dec. 2018 The golden consumables are a definite hit with guests, according to Sudheera Fernando. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Bar Star: Delphia Lewis at Dreams Bar & Lounge," 6 June 2018

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1547, in the meaning defined above


1722, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of consumable

used to describe products that need to be replaced after they have been used for a period of time

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food or victuals

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