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 The authors said that the extraction of chitin would be a byproduct of the crew's food supply and consumption. Katie Hunt, CNN, "This is how we should build on Mars, scientists say," 16 Sep. 2020 Human population growth, consumption, and transformation of natural habitats are rapidly unraveling the vibrant living fabric of the Earth in an extinction crisis that threatens to become humanity’s most enduring legacy. Katya Zimmer, National Geographic, "The world missed a critical deadline to safeguard biodiversity, UN report says," 15 Sep. 2020 Alcohol consumption is believed to have played a role in the crash, the Sheriff’s Office noted. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "SUV driver crashes north of Duluth and dies," 15 Sep. 2020 Keymon Legore, 19, of the 200 block of Longwood Trail, was arrested Aug. 17 for possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of alcohol by a minor and consumption of alcohol by a minor. Pioneer Press Staff,, "Libertyville police: Two arrested for DUI in past week," 15 Sep. 2020 The pandemic is turning the traditional seasonal patterns in e-commerce demand into a year-round lift to online consumption. Brendan Murray,, "Robots Driving Forklifts Score Venture Capital, Create Jobs," 15 Sep. 2020 Even the anonymous surplus of items with no emotional valence can be considered a form of aspiration, namely, the disposable consumption that has cost us the world. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020 In fact, to-go cocktails could actually increase alcohol safety by promoting home consumption. Jon Taffer, Fortune, "Bar Rescue: Pandemic Edition," 15 Sep. 2020 Similarly, a much larger population with American consumption levels would present a conundrum for environmentalists. Razib Khan, National Review, "One Billion Americans: A Contrarian Liberal Argues for Mass Immigration," 12 Sep. 2020

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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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19 Sep 2020

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“Consumption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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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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