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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Hang says this allows for lower energy consumption, have an easier time transporting heavier payloads, and allow things like taking hardware to workers without having to hover once there. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Clever New Landing Gear Allow Drones To Set Down Like Birds or Bats," 13 Mar. 2019 The black/wide gap on consumption seems to be rooted in continued greater homeownership by whites, perhaps exacerbated by the 2008 recession. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "White Americans love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—and flashlights.," 10 July 2018 Food consumption: Drinking on an empty stomach results in a faster absorption rate of alcohol, raising blood-alcohol levels more quickly. Kathleen Purvis And Myah Ward, charlotteobserver, "Here's what you need to know about drunk driving in the Carolinas," 29 June 2018 Try to moderate your use of exhaust-spewing engines (cars, mowers) and ease up on electricity consumption. Thomas Leyden, Indianapolis Star, "Sizzling Father's Day: Heat index heading to 100," 17 June 2018 Global coal consumption increased last year for the first time since 2013, led by production from China and the United States. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "BP: Global coal market share unchanged in 20 years," 13 June 2018 In 2015, Hoffman decided to make her brand's mission to encourage mindful consumption habits while still maintaining an ethereal, high fashion vibe. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Interview: Designer Mara Hoffman on Sustainability in Fashion," 22 Mar. 2019 Beyond learning why people are on YouTube, the study also dove into consumption habits for children. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Half of YouTube viewers use it to learn how to do things they’ve never done," 7 Nov. 2018 China's consumption of U.S. ginseng grew more than 45 percent from 2016 to 2017, totaling almost $23 million worth. Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As China prepares new tariffs, Wisconsin ginseng farmers already feeling the effects," 9 July 2018

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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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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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