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

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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Both phone sizes use OLED displays, which gets you all the usual benefits of that screen technology: deep blacks, lower power consumption, and curved corners. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL review: the best camera gets a better phone," 15 Oct. 2018 This time last year, water dams that served Cape Town were at a frighteningly low 20 percent full due to increased consumption and record-breaking drought. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa's Top Sommelier on Where to Find the Best Wine," 12 Oct. 2018 Trudeau and his Liberal Party included marijuana legalization as part of their 2015 campaign, and his government has worked toward creating a structure for recreational cannabis sales and consumption since taking office. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Canada moves closer to approving legal marijuana after Senate approves legislation," 8 June 2018 Cow-lending schemes, for example, are innovative ways of dealing with adverse income shocks, allowing farmers to smooth their consumption and production decisions. Sriya Iyer, WSJ, "The Marketplace of Faith," 27 Dec. 2018 The Japanese have a reputation as more zen, calm, and focused, which some attribute to their everyday consumption of tea. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Chef Candice Kumai’s Matcha and Green Tea Guide to Japan," 12 Dec. 2018 Our biggest qualms with the reference versions of the Radeon RX Vega cards related to their high power consumption and temperatures, as well as wild, banshee-like noise levels. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "These rare deals drop custom Radeon Vega 56 and 64 graphics cards below MSRP, with 3 free games," 21 Sep. 2018 In gaming applications, the 980 has been shown to produce 22 percent higher frame rates than the 845, and its power consumption when gaming is said to be 32 percent lower. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Huawei promises its 7nm Kirin 980 processor will destroy the Snapdragon 845," 31 Aug. 2018 Over 10 years of follow up between 2006-2016, researchers found the risk of death from any cause declined as participant coffee consumption increased. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Drink a lot of coffee? You’re more likely to live longer, study finds," 4 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


con·​sump·​tion | \ kən-ˈsəmp-shən \

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


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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to gather or build up little by little

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