- to destroy or expend by use; use up.
- to eat or drink up; devour.
- to destroy, as by decomposition or burning: Fire consumed the forest.
- to spend (money, time, etc.) wastefully.
- to absorb; engross: consumed with curiosity.
- to undergo destruction; waste away.
- to use or use up consumer goods.
Origin of consume
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1. exhaust, deplete. 4. squander, dissipate.
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- (tr) to eat or drink
- (tr; often passive) to engross or obsess
- (tr) to use up; expendmy car consumes little oil
- to destroy or be destroyed by burning, decomposition, etcfire consumed the forest
- (tr) to waste or squanderthe time consumed on that project was excessive
- (passive) to waste away
C14: from Latin consūmere to devour, from com- (intensive) + sūmere to take up, from emere to take, purchase
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Word Origin and History for over-consuming
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