over·​con·​sume ˌō-vər-kən-ˈsüm How to pronounce overconsume (audio)
overconsumed; overconsuming

transitive + intransitive

: to consume too much of (something)
warned against overconsuming alcohol
… we're overconsuming processed foods, sugar, saturated fat and sodium.Wayne Campbell
Besides helping children handle pressure from the media and their peers to overconsume, parents have to examine their own buying habits.Marc Silver

Examples of overconsume in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But many boys with eating disorders engage in muscle-building behaviors: overconsuming protein while restricting carbohydrates and fat, taking anabolic steroids or other drugs and supplements in an effort to bulk up, or engaging in excessive or compulsive exercise. Jennifer Brookland, Detroit Free Press, 3 Mar. 2023 Staff will also be trained to recognize cannabis impairment and how to handle patrons who overconsume. Will Yakowicz, Forbes, 11 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overconsume was in 1877

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“Overconsume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overconsume. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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