consume

verb
con·​sume | \ kən-ˈsüm How to pronounce consume (audio) \
consumed; consuming

Definition of consume

transitive verb

1 : to do away with completely : destroy Fire consumed several buildings.
2a : to spend wastefully : squander consumed his inheritance on luxuries
b : use up Writing consumed much of his time.
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
4 : to engage fully : engross consumed with curiosity
5 : to utilize as a customer consume goods and services

intransitive verb

1 : to waste or burn away : perish
2 : to utilize economic goods

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Synonyms for consume

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web There are roughly 41 million native Spanish speakers in the country, and millions more consume Spanish language content. Vera Bergengruen, Time, ""Ya Basta." A New Coalition Calls on Facebook to Tackle the Spanish Misinformation Crisis," 16 Mar. 2021 The Remontada will always remain a part of Europe’s rich football history, but after tonight the 6-1 will no longer consume or haunt PSG. Samindra Kunti, Forbes, "Lackluster Paris Saint-Germain Survives To Eliminate FC Barcelona From The Champions League," 10 Mar. 2021 The bloc’s ecological design directive — of which the right to repair requirement is a part — will also revise existing energy labels that describe how much electricity washers and other household devices consume. NBC News, "Europeans get 'right to repair' for some electrical goods," 2 Mar. 2021 The bloc's ecological design directive — of which the right to repair requirement is a part — will also revise existing energy labels that describe how much electricity washers and other household devices consume. Frank Jordans, Star Tribune, "Europeans get 'right to repair' for some electrical goods," 1 Mar. 2021 Typically, fires consume about 500,000 acres a year in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown said. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Exhausted firefighters sing together after a 14-hour shift battling wildfires in Oregon," 16 Sep. 2020 Well, Democrats and Republicans trust and consume different news media. Matthew Facciani, The Conversation, "Video: How did mask wearing become so politicized?," 9 Sep. 2020 To anticipate some responses: Yes, Blockchains (and, thus, NFTs) consume a lot of energy. George Howard, Forbes, "NFTs May Be The Sufficiently Advanced Technology Artists Have Needed To Utilize The Power Of Blockchain Tech," 20 Mar. 2021 The wealthy consume far more resources and emit far more carbon than the rest of us. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, "We’re Hurtling Toward Global Suicide," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of consume

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of consume was in the 14th century

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5 Apr 2021

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“Consume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consume. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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consume

verb

English Language Learners Definition of consume

: to eat or drink (something)
: to use (fuel, time, resources, etc.)
: to destroy (something) with fire

consume

verb
con·​sume | \ kən-ˈsüm How to pronounce consume (audio) \
consumed; consuming

Kids Definition of consume

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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