Definition of consume
1 : to do away with completely : destroy Fire consumed several buildings.
3a : to eat or drink especially in great quantity consumed several bags of pretzelsb : to enjoy avidly : devour … mysteries, which she consumes for fun … — Eden Ross Lipson
4 : to engage fully : engross consumed with curiosity
5 : to utilize as a customer consume goods and services
1 : to waste or burn away : perish
2 : to utilize economic goods
Examples of consume in a sentence
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.
CONSUME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of consume for English Language Learners
: to eat or drink (something)
: to use (fuel, time, resources, etc.)
: to destroy (something) with fire
CONSUME Defined for Kids
Definition of consume for Students
1 : to destroy by or as if by fire
2 : to eat or drink up
3 : to use up consume electricity Our entire day was consumed searching for his glasses.
4 : to take up the interest or attention of Curiosity consumed the crowd.
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