consumption

noun
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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On the consumer side, the ability to buy cheap jeans and shirts has made customers feel as if clothing is disposable, which has contributed to a 400% increase in textile consumption over the past 20 years. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "Are Your Fast-Fashion Clothes Killing Farmers?," 14 Feb. 2019 Patricia is very judicious with alcohol consumption. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "A Day in the Life of Southern Charm's Patricia Altschul," 12 July 2018 According to the National Coffee Association, 64 percent of Americans 18 and over drink at least one cup of coffee a day, with an average daily consumption of 3.2 cups. David Noonan, Scientific American, "The Healthy Addiction? Coffee Study Finds More Health Benefits," 21 June 2018 Multiple studies have shown a significant protection against oxidative damage - as much as 20-27 percent reduction - with regular consumption of fresh, powdered or juiced blueberries. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Why you should eat blueberries every day (or at least regularly)," 15 May 2018 Last year, Latin music growth outpaced the market, with consumption increasing by 29.9% compared to 12.5% for the market as a whole. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "10 Qualities of the Average Latin Music Listener, According to Nielsen Insights," 3 May 2018 With an annual per capita consumption of 24 gallons of beer, Georgia ranked 40th overall. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "This is how much beer Georgians consumed in 2017," 2 May 2018 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

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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

noun

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

consumption

noun
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

consumption

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

Medical Definition of consumption

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

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