- 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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Examples from the Web for unconsumed
Fixing the prices by law just produces shortages here, unconsumed surpluses there, and black markets and inefficiency everywhere.Liberals Shouldn’t Defend FDR’s Attacks on the Court
June 28, 2012
And when they that were therein fled to the part that was yet unconsumed, lo!Stories from Virgil
Alfred J. Church
Unconsumed particles of coal, rendered volatile by heat, and driven off.The Reason Why
Yet what mist could live in such a burning and be unconsumed?Up and Down
Edward Frederic Benson
He looked as if the war had more let him alone, left him detached, unconsumed.Non-combatants and Others
The stores that were yet unconsumed he rescued from destruction for the use of his own army.From Canal Boy to President
Horatio Alger, Jr.
- (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 unconsumed
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