consume

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verb con·sume \kən-ˈsüm\

Definition of consume

consumed

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consuming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to do away with completely :  destroy <Fire consumed several buildings.>

  3. 2a :  to spend wastefully :  squander <consumed his inheritance on luxuries>b :  use up <Wwriting consumed much of his time.>

  4. 3a :  to eat or drink especially in great quantity <consumed several bags of pretzels>b :  to enjoy avidly :  devour < … mysteries, which she consumes for fun … — Eden Ross Lipson>

  5. 4 :  to engage fully :  engross <consumed with curiosity>

  6. 5 :  to utilize as a customer <consume goods and services>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to waste or burn away :  perish

  9. 2 :  to utilize economic goods

Examples of consume in a sentence

  1. The new lights consume less electricity.

  2. She's making an effort to live more simply and consume less.

  3. Hundreds of books were consumed in the fire.

Origin and Etymology of consume

Middle English, from Medieval French or Latin; Medieval French consumer, from Latin consumere, from com- + sumere to take up, take, from sub- up + emere to take — more at sub-, redeem


First Known Use: 14th century


CONSUME Defined for English Language Learners

consume

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verb con·sume \kən-ˈsüm\

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

consume

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verb con·sume \kən-ˈsüm\

Definition of consume for Students

consumed

consuming

  1. 1 :  to destroy by or as if by fire

  2. 2 :  to eat or drink up

  3. 3 :  to use up <consume electricity> <Our entire day was consumed searching for his glasses.>

  4. 4 :  to take up the interest or attention of <Curiosity consumed the crowd.>



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