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consumption

[ kuhn-suhmp-shuhn ]
/ kənˈsʌmp ʃən /
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noun
the act of consuming, as by use, decay, or destruction.
the amount consumed: the high consumption of gasoline.
Economics. the using up of goods and services having an exchangeable value.
Pathology.
  1. Older Use. tuberculosis of the lungs.
  2. progressive wasting of the body.
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Origin of consumption

1350–1400; Middle English consumpcyon (<Middle French ) <Latin consūmptiōn- (stem of consūmptiō) a consuming, wasting, equivalent to consūmpt(us), past participle of consūmere to consume (con-con- + sūmp- (variant stem of sūmere to take up, spend) + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn--ion

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British Dictionary definitions for consumption

consumption
/ (kənˈsʌmpʃən) /

noun
the act of consuming or the state of being consumed, esp by eating, burning, etc
economics expenditure on goods and services for final personal use
the quantity consumed
pathol a condition characterized by a wasting away of the tissues of the body, esp as seen in tuberculosis of the lungs

Word Origin for consumption

C14: from Latin consumptiō a wasting, from consūmere to consume
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