con·​sump·​tion | \ kən-ˈsəm(p)-shən How to pronounce consumption (audio) \

Definition of consumption

1a : the act or process of consuming consumption of food consumption of resources
b : use by or exposure to a particular group or audience The document was not intended for public consumption.
2 : use of something the jet's high consumption of fuel the consumption of electricity
b : a progressive wasting away of the body especially from pulmonary tuberculosis

Examples of consumption in a Sentence

The jet's high fuel consumption makes it expensive to operate.

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That would put her total projected album consumption units around the 750,000 mark, according to industry prognosticators. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Will Taylor Swift's 'Lover' Conquer All With Another Million-Selling Debut?," 22 Aug. 2019 Still, the CPUs we rate as the best are the ones intentionally tuned to lower power consumption. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "10th-gen CPU buyers guide: We ranked every new Intel laptop CPU for you," 21 Aug. 2019 Even the album’s length, at 18 tracks, suggests a newfound eagerness to play by those new rules, which count individual song streams toward an album’s overall consumption. Los Angeles Times, "For her new album, ‘Lover,’ Taylor Swift has embraced streaming. But is it too late?," 20 Aug. 2019 The fees are 22,530 yen for installment and 6,000 yen a month for telecommunication and other necessary features, both excluding consumption tax., "Lonely? There’s a bot for that," 18 Aug. 2019 However, that wasn't the only reason the council approved an ordinance allowing public consumption lounges. Author: Maura Judkis, Anchorage Daily News, "Cannabis restaurants are coming to California, with ‘budtenders’ and ‘flower’ service," 16 Aug. 2019 In one of their experiments, test subjects were asked to select which of the four cars was the best, taking into account four characteristics, among them gas consumption and luggage space. Laura Kutsch, Scientific American, "Can We Rely on Our Intuition?," 15 Aug. 2019 The man was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct and underage consumption. John Benson,, "Unruly drunk teen avoids army, arrested for disorderly conduct: North Royalton Police Blotter," 14 Aug. 2019 Cannabis has for a long time been among those substances, but was removed after passage of Proposition 64, a statewide ballot initiative that legalized marijuana consumption for those age 21 and older. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vista adds cannabis to social host ordinance," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of consumption

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

History and Etymology for consumption

Middle English consumpcioun, from Latin consumption-, consumptio, from consumere — see consume

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

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English Language Learners Definition of consumption

: the act of eating or drinking something
: the use of something (such as fuel)
: use by a particular group of people


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Kids Definition of consumption

1 : the act or process of using up something (as food or coal)
2 : a wasting away of the body especially from tuberculosis of the lungs


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Medical Definition of consumption

1 : a progressive wasting away of the body especially from pulmonary tuberculosis

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