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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Overall, worldwide alcohol consumption fell 1.6 percent this year, according to IWSR, a market intelligence group focused on the global alcohol industry. NBC News, "Pour decisions? The better educated you are, the more you drink," 14 June 2019 He was charged with OVI, drug abuse, underage consumption and with a curfew violation. cleveland.com, "Partiers asked to leave entertainment center become violent: Solon police blotter," 14 June 2019 One of the more memorable ones: When HR services startup Zenefits banned alcohol consumption after reportedly finding cigarettes, beer cups and used condoms in the company's stairwell. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "People are sick of drinking. Investors are betting on the 'sober curious'," 8 June 2019 The difference between alcohol consumption and marijuana use, is that wine, beer and spirits should be responsibly consumed because of the bouquet and flavors of the beverage, (especially enhancing foods), not for the effect of inebriation. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: “Taste” marijuana at home; Squatters, not residents, evicted; An unproductive cycle on tariffs (6/7/19)," 7 June 2019 Rebekah Paige Monk was charged with driving under the influence and being a minor in possession/consumption of alcohol, records show. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al.com, "DUI suspect charged in Alabama Waffle House collision," 6 June 2019 His testimony went on to suggest a link between maternal coffee consumption and childhood leukemia cases. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "The secretive nonprofit that made millions suing companies over cancer warnings," 6 June 2019 The agency considers each discovery of the compound in food case by case, including the kind of food, levels of contamination, frequency of consumption and latest scientific information, Rabin said. Anchorage Daily News, "FDA: Sampling finds toxic nonstick compounds in some food," 4 June 2019 The agency considers each discovery of the compound in food case by case, including the kind of food, levels of contamination, frequency of consumption and latest scientific information, Rabin said. Ellen Knickmeyer, John Flesher And Michael Casey, Detroit Free Press, "FDA: Sampling finds toxic nonstick PFAS compounds in some food," 18 Apr. 2019

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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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