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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Our collective attention to conscious consumption has meant that more brands are making it a priority to produce within the U.S. (or calling attention to it if it was already being done). Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, Marie Claire, "The Do's and Don't's of a Closet Refresh," 6 May 2019 The proposal also would have allowed for the sale and consumption of marijuana at festivals and other events, something cannabis retailers claimed would generate more tax revenue and tourism for the state. Sarah Zimmerman, The Seattle Times, "Key deadline means end of the road for hundreds of bills," 11 Apr. 2019 The shortage of barley will give rise to steep price hikes and corresponding decreases in global consumption. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Barley shortages from climate change could mean less beer worldwide," 15 Oct. 2018 The end result is roughly a 20 percent speed improvement and a 40 percent reduction in power consumption relative to Huawei’s previous generation. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Huawei promises its 7nm Kirin 980 processor will destroy the Snapdragon 845," 31 Aug. 2018 California lawmakers are looking to pass a bill that would require restaurants to serve only water or unflavored milk with kids' meals in hopes of combating obesity and other diseases linked to sugar consumption. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "California bill seeks to ban sugary drinks from kids' menus," 21 Aug. 2018 At the same time, Colombia experienced a burst in online video consumption, according to Google data. Rebekah F. Ward, The Christian Science Monitor, "How laughter brought more voters to the polls in Colombia," 3 July 2018 Armed with the knowledge of how to lessen hunger with high-quality food, Farmshelf allows food to travel mere feet instead of miles on the path to consumption. Nicole Zelniker, USA TODAY, "Startup Farmshelf aims to let restaurants, homeowners grow their own veggies," 3 July 2018 Medical marijuana is legal in Canada, and the country is also a top exporter of pot for medical purposes, our colleague Katie Zezima reports, Last year, Uruguay became the first country to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Donna Shalala supports Bernie Sanders-style health care. That wasn't always the case.," 11 June 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


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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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