verb (used with object), con·sumed, con·sum·ing.
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), con·sumed, con·sum·ing.
to undergo destruction; waste away.
to use or use up consumer goods.
Origin of consume
Synonyms for consume
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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
Word Origin for consume
C14: from Latin consūmere to devour, from com- (intensive) + sūmere to take up, from emere to take, purchase
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