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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Roughly 90,000 Americans per year suffer from cancers that are associated with alcohol consumption. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Alcoholic beverages should carry cancer warnings, health groups say," 28 June 2019 Fuel switching has cut heating-oil consumption in the region by about 900,000 barrels per year and carbon dioxide emissions in New York by about 200,000 tons per year. Robert Bryce, National Review, "Cuomo’s Silly War on Natural Gas," 28 June 2019 But there has been also increased opioid use in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, as well as higher cannabis consumption in Asia and North and South America. Ella Hurworth, CNN, "Global opioid users rise amid US drug crisis, UN report says," 27 June 2019 Alaska is one of the nation’s leaders in per capita alcohol consumption. USA Today, "Alaska is considered the deadliest state for women. A staggering 59% of women there have experienced violence.," 25 June 2019 An adolescent’s hippocampus, where memories are formed in the brain, is acutely sensitive to damage due to alcohol consumption. Jessica Lahey, Washington Post, "Fewer teens are drinking. But a group of pediatricians is begging parents to be vigilant.," 24 June 2019 The homeowner, a 35-year-old man, was cited for knowingly allowing underage alcohol consumption., "Theft suspect takes more than oil change from Take 5: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 20 June 2019 The Fairbanks City Council voted in April to allow on-site smoking and edible consumption in authorized retail shops. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "On-site consumption of marijuana edibles is now legal in Anchorage. But is there any consumer demand?," 20 June 2019 Responsible alcohol consumption should be mainly about taste. 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

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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 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


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Medical Definition of consumption

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

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