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 luxuriesb :  use up Wwriting consumed much of his time.

  4. 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

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of consume

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


CONSUME Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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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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