consumption

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noun con·sump·tion \ kən-ˈsəm(p)-shən \

Definition of consumption

1 a :a progressive wasting away of the body especially from pulmonary tuberculosis
2 a :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.
3 :use of something
  • the jet's high consumption of fuel
  • the consumption of electricity

Examples of consumption in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of consumption

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


CONSUMPTION Defined for English Language Learners

consumption

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Definition of consumption for English Language Learners

  • : the act of eating or drinking something

  • : the use of something (such as fuel)

  • : use by a particular group of people


CONSUMPTION Defined for Kids

consumption

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noun con·sump·tion \ kən-ˈsəmp-shən \

Definition of consumption for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

consumption

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noun con·sump·tion \ kən-ˈsəm(p)-shən \

medical Definition of consumption

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


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