consumption

noun
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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However, at the show, the Japanese car maker showed off only an electric-vehicle concept, suggesting the production model isn’t ready yet for public consumption. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Detroit Auto Show Highlights Big SUVs, High-Performance Vehicles," 15 Jan. 2019 Public-health obesity policies should prioritize fighting the over-consumption of low-quality food and improving the food environment. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The science is in: exercise won’t help you lose much weight," 2 Jan. 2019 And in a society that pressures the young—young women in particular—to curate an image and offer it up for public consumption, Kerstens’s work is a clever contradiction. Gabriella Fuller, ELLE Decor, "Photographer Hendrik Kerstens Is a Modern Day Dutch Master," 16 Oct. 2018 In the United States, for instance, per capita consumption of avocado doubled in the decade to 2006, reaching 3.5 pounds, and doubled again to 7.1 pounds in 2016, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture. Caroline Wambui, The Christian Science Monitor, "Kenyan farmers swap coffee for avocados to tap into global boom," 6 July 2018 In other marijuana news last month, a cannabis competition was fined after regulators found that its Anchorage event was illegally selling weed and promoted public consumption. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "For third month in a row, Alaska marijuana tax tops $1 million," 4 July 2018 In 2014], a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies looking at long-term consumption of coffee and the risk of cardiovascular disease was published. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Could Drinking Lots of Coffee Really Help You Live Longer? Here Are the Facts," 3 July 2018 And while streaming is now the music consumption of choice around the world, Germans still love to get their music in physical form. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Beer Coolers and Hookahs—Welcome to the World of German Pop Music," 23 Jan. 2019 But to see how Bitcoin mining compares to its more literal counterpart, researchers spent 30 months comparing the net energy consumption of mining operations for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Monero with conventional mining. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Mining For Bitcoin Can Require More Energy Than Actually Mining," 6 Nov. 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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of consumption

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

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