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

3a : tuberculosis

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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Sony Lots of companies seem to think their phones are the best for content consumption, and that’s a fine way to market a device. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Sony announces its Xperia XA2 Plus, a phone to ‘entertain’," 11 July 2018 The moment was hijacked to make statements for domestic-news consumption. The Economist, "Thanks to Boris Johnson, a farcical west-Balkan summit in London," 11 July 2018 Audible is not alone in recording plays for mass consumption. Jessica Gelt,, "John Lithgow's latest stage isn't a stage at all: How theater is moving to your phone and car," 9 July 2018 Most of it remains in the state for local consumption. Joanne Dibona,, "Boise trip is a capital idea," 5 July 2018 Unlike businesses such as bars and restaurants that have video gambling, McEnery would not need to serve alcohol for consumption on the premises in order to seek state approval for gambling. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Annexation hearing scheduled for gas station that wants 24/7 gambling," 4 July 2018 But the city strenuously argued that the water was safe for human consumption, even as residents protested and got sicker and sicker. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Toxic History, Poisoned Water: The Story of Flint," 3 July 2018 Formal studies have shown that the sweetener erythritol, which is approved for human consumption, can be fatal to fruit flies, suggesting it could be used as an insecticide. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Do Marine Mammals Yawn and More Questions From Our Readers," 28 June 2018 Nicholson contacted Mequon police, who cited the man for underage alcohol consumption. Bill Kurtz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Grafton man cited after picking wrong time to use fake ID -- in view of police chief," 12 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


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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