con·​sum·​ing | \ kən-ˈsü-miŋ How to pronounce consuming (audio) \

Definition of consuming

: deeply felt : ardent a consuming interest also : engrossing

Examples of consuming in a Sentence

didn't find the plot of the novel particularly consuming
Recent Examples on the Web Ratajkowski frames the development of her political consciousness as a process born of self-consciousness, a cancerous and consuming view of the self that the writer argues was pushed on her by patriarchal capitalist society. Jordan Taliha Mcdonald, Vulture, 9 Nov. 2021 Franzen’s most consuming interest is the existential distress that so often molders within a disintegrating household. Becca Rothfeld, The Atlantic, 4 Oct. 2021 On top of this, if there is an unraveling in Afghanistan, controlling the fallout will become a consuming issue for the U.S. military. Rich Lowry, National Review, 9 July 2021 Doctors, nurses, paramedics and support staff have courageously taken on enormous risk during the pandemic, the most consuming health crisis in more than 100 years, but there is no specific death count for them. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, 23 Dec. 2020 In 2010, Ginsburg’s husband, Martin Ginsburg, died after his own battle with cancer, and her focus on her work at the court became even more consuming. Emily Bazelon, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2020 The book’s most consuming relationship is Kate’s with Emily, her fierce, protective love for her daughter intensifying during a stage of life that parallels hers in emotional pain and suffering. Alex Witchel, New York Times, 1 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of consuming

1905, in the meaning defined above

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“Consuming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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