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[kuh n-soom] /kənˈsum/
verb (used with object), consumed, consuming.
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.
verb (used without object), consumed, consuming.
to undergo destruction; waste away.
to use or use up consumer goods.
Origin of consume
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French consumer) < Latin consūmere, equivalent to con- con- + sūmere to take up (perhaps < *suzm- < *subzm- < *subs-(e)m-, equivalent to subs-, variant of sub- sub- + emere to take, buy)
Related forms
half-consumed, adjective
overconsume, verb, overconsumed, overconsuming.
preconsume, verb (used with object), preconsumed, preconsuming.
unconsumed, adjective
underconsume, verb (used with object), underconsumed, underconsuming.
1. exhaust, deplete. 4. squander, dissipate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unconsumed
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  • 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 Anonymous
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • That part of capital's unconsumed share bought back the bonds.

    The Iron Heel Jack London
  • What, then, when every country in the world has an unconsumed surplus?

    The Iron Heel Jack London
  • Nothing but the embers of the wagon and the unconsumed iron work, of course, now remained in the road.

    Sunset Pass Charles King
  • There were some unconsumed shavings there, as well as a tin which had once held paraffin.

    King of Ranleigh

    F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
British Dictionary definitions for unconsumed


(transitive) to eat or drink
(transitive; often passive) to engross or obsess
(transitive) to use up; expend: my car consumes little oil
to destroy or be destroyed by burning, decomposition, etc: fire consumed the forest
(transitive) to waste or squander: the time consumed on that project was excessive
(passive) to waste away
Derived Forms
consuming, adjective
consumingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin consūmere to devour, from com- (intensive) + sūmere to take up, from emere to take, purchase
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unconsumed



late 14c., from Old French consumer "to consume" (12c.) and directly from Latin consumere "to use up, eat, waste," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + sumere "to take," from sub- "under" + emere "to buy, take" (see exempt (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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