Definitions for consumekənˈsum

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•sumekənˈsum(v.)-sumed, -sum•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to destroy or expend by use; use up.

  2. to eat or drink up; devour.

  3. to destroy, as by decomposition or burning:

    Fire consumed the forest.

  4. to spend (money, time, etc.) wastefully.

  5. to absorb; engross:

    consumed with curiosity.

  6. (v.i.)to undergo destruction; waste away.

  7. to use or use up consumer goods.

Origin of consume:

1350–1400; ME (< MF consumer) < L consūmere=con-con - +sūmere to take up

Princeton's WordNet

  1. devour, down, consume, go through(verb)

    eat immoderately

    "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"

  2. consume, ingest, take in, take, have(verb)

    serve oneself to, or consume regularly

    "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"

  3. consume, squander, waste, ware(verb)

    spend extravagantly

    "waste not, want not"

  4. consume(verb)

    destroy completely

    "The fire consumed the building"

  5. consume, eat up, use up, eat, deplete, exhaust, run through, wipe out(verb)

    use up (resources or materials)

    "this car consumes a lot of gas"; "We exhausted our savings"; "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"

  6. consume(verb)

    engage fully

    "The effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. consume(verb)ənˈsum

    to use all of

    to consume too much energy; worries that were consuming her time

  2. consumeənˈsum

    to eat or drink sth

    minors consuming alcohol

  3. consumeənˈsum

    filled with strong emotion

    She was consumed with desire/rage.


  1. consume(Verb)

    To use.

    The power plant consumes 30 tons of coal per hour.

  2. consume(Verb)

    To eat.

    Baby birds consume their own weight in food each day.

  3. consume(Verb)

    To occupy (oneu2019s attention or thoughts).

    Desire consumed him.

  4. consume(Verb)

    To destroy completely.

    The building was consumed by fire.

  5. Origin: From consumere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consume(verb)

    to destroy, as by decomposition, dissipation, waste, or fire; to use up; to expend; to waste; to burn up; to eat up; to devour

  2. Consume(verb)

    to waste away slowly

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consume' in Verbs Frequency: #738

Translations for consume

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to eat or drink

He consumes a huge amount of food.

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