time-con·​sum·​ing ˈtīm-kən-ˈsü-miŋ How to pronounce time-consuming (audio)
: using or taking up a great deal of time
time-consuming chores
: wasteful of time
time-consuming tactics

Examples of time-consuming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Similarly, Gene found relief from his allergies with allergy shots, but recognized the need for a more convenient alternative that would eliminate time-consuming doctor visits. Molly Peck, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 Urban clearance is very expensive and very time-consuming. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 8 May 2024 Guardrails should be in place, so employers don’t issue five-hour tests or something egregiously time-consuming. Vicki Salemi, Fortune, 7 May 2024 However, dredging sand from the ocean, harbors and lagoons to widen beaches is costly and time-consuming. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2024 To meet that market demand, sweet potatoes are subjected to rounds of laborious and time-consuming quality assessments to root out undesirable batches that are either too firm, not sweet enough, or otherwise deemed unlikely to sell. Mack Degeurin, Popular Science, 25 Apr. 2024 The endeavor was not only time-consuming, but also expensive, the actor revealed to The Guardian. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 23 Apr. 2024 This is time-consuming and costly, so the researchers also built a self-calibration capability into their system. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Apr. 2024 Building new projects in San Francisco can be famously expensive and time-consuming. Heather Knight, New York Times, 23 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of time-consuming was in 1600

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“Time-consuming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time-consuming. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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