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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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 There is nothing as intoxicating as possibility, and the promise latent in every beauty consumable, no matter how tackily packaged or how ludicrous its claims, is matched only by the near guarantee of equivalent disappointment. Charlotte Shane, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: Emily Weiss’s Wedding Prep Routine," 3 Apr. 2018 Bourdain’s magic lies is in his capacity to formulate the most updated representation of readily consumable alterity. Tunde Wey, San Francisco Chronicle, "The power of those who get to tell the stories," 18 Mar. 2018 The drop-off The Dawning just exacerbates the problem with its arcane, artificially restricted, and often consumable cosmetics. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Destiny 2 keeps on failing to bring me back," 16 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Scott Mushkin, Wolfe Research Managing Director & Senior Research Analyst, predicts that Amazon will have 20% of the share of the consumables market, sucking a lot of share from traditional supermarkets., "Surv: Mnuchin a Moderating Force But Lacks Cohn’s Gravitas," 7 Mar. 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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