The new lights consume less electricity.
She's making an effort to live more simply and consume less.
Hundreds of books were consumed in the fire.
Recent Examples on the WebMost people who are infected experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps anywhere between six hours to six days after consuming the contaminated food.—Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 25 Nov. 2023 The fate of the captives has consumed the Israeli public and growing demonstrations demanding their release helped pushed the government into negotiations.—Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Any leftovers should be consumed within three to four days of being refrigerated to avoid bacterial growth.—Korin Miller, Health, 24 Nov. 2023 According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Black, Indigenous, Asian and Latino Americans are among those most likely to suffer from lactose intolerance, which can result in digestive issues including bloating, diarrhea and gas after consuming milk products.—Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 At least one of the 40 total bottles has been consumed, according to Sotheby’s.—Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 Shifting sensory environments Changing temperatures shift the energy balance of ecosystems – from plants that produce energy from sunlight to the animals that consume plants and other animals – subsequently altering the sensory worlds that animals experience.—Sean O'Donnell, Discover Magazine, 20 Nov. 2023 Ultimately, what matters more is the dose consumed.—Akshay Syal, M.d., NBC News, 18 Nov. 2023 This was a detailed problem, one that could easily consume the better part of an evening.—James Somers, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French consumer, from Latin consumere, from com- + sumere to take up, take, from sub- up + emere to take — more at sub-, redeem