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[tahym-kuh n-soo-ming] /ˈtaɪm kənˌsu mɪŋ/
(of an action) requiring or wasting much time.
Origin of time-consuming
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was a time-consuming process, but it was the only way the job could be done.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Not impossible, but a highly precarious and time-consuming operation at best.

    The Winds of Time James H. Schmitz
  • This review was a complex and time-consuming operation, which continued into 1954.

    East-West Trade Trends Harold E. Stassen
  • This law was designed to put an end to this time-consuming custom.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • Household appliances and convenience foods are scarce luxuries; therefore, housekeeping is a time-consuming and tiring activity.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for time-consuming


taking up or involving a great deal of time
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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