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.
Recent Examples on the Web European nations have been scrambling to reduce consumption, fill reserves and source replacements for Russian natural gas, all while pledging hundreds of billions of euros worth of financial aid to consumers and businesses. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2022 And there is evidence supporting consumption of fruits high in polyphenols, including pomegranates, may be helpful in controlling heart disease. Good Housekeeping, 16 Sep. 2022 Energy ministers met last week to discuss a five-point plan that includes a price cap on Russian gas, a revenue cap on renewable and nuclear companies, and a mandatory target to reduce peak-hour energy consumption. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2022 Using proof-of-stake, the Merge is projected to reduce ethereum blockchain's energy consumption by 99.9%, developers said. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 15 Sep. 2022 Much of the state is experiencing hot weather, which led the California Independent System Operator (ISO) on Sunday to ask consumers to reduce electricity consumption on Monday. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2022 The European Union needs to step up efforts to reduce gas consumption, said energy policy expert Simone Tagliapietra at the Bruegel think tank in Brussels. Geir Moulson And Joanna Kozlowska, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Sep. 2022 Lake Mead reached its lowest water level since the 1930s in July, and low levels are projected to continue into 2023, prompting officials at the Bureau of Reclamation to drastically reduce Arizona’s consumption of the river’s water. Carl Churchill, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2022 Meanwhile, the German Cabinet approved a series of measures Wednesday designed to reduce energy consumption, including restrictions on heating private pools and a cap of 19 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit) in public offices. Frank Jordans, ajc, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Consumption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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

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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