Definitions for consumptionkənˈsʌmp ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•sump•tionkənˈsʌmp ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of consuming, as by use, decay, or destruction.

  2. the amount consumed:

    the high consumption of gasoline.

  3. the using up of goods and services having an exchangeable value.

    Category: Business

  4. Older Use. tuberculosis of the lungs. progressive wasting of the body.

    Category: Pathology

Origin of consumption:

1350–1400; ME (< MF) < L consūmptiō process of consuming <consūm(ere) to consume

Princeton's WordNet

  1. consumption, ingestion, intake, uptake(noun)

    the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)

  2. pulmonary tuberculosis, consumption, phthisis, wasting disease, white plague(noun)

    involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body

  3. consumption, economic consumption, usance, use, use of goods and services(noun)

    (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing

    "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"

  4. consumption, using up, expenditure(noun)

    the act of consuming something

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. consumption(noun)ənˈsʌmp ʃən

    the act of using resources or food, or the amount used

    U.S. oil consumption; the consumption of alcohol

  2. consumptionənˈsʌmp ʃən

    the act of buying and using things

    a society based on consumption


  1. consumption(Noun)

    The act of consuming something.

    The fire's consumption of the forest caused ecological changes.

  2. consumption(Noun)

    The amount consumed.

    gross national consumption

  3. consumption(Noun)

    The wasting-away of the human body through disease.

  4. consumption(Noun)

    Pulmonary tuberculosis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consumption(noun)

    the act or process of consuming by use, waste, etc.; decay; destruction

  2. Consumption(noun)

    the state or process of being consumed, wasted, or diminished; waste; diminution; loss; decay

  3. Consumption(noun)

    a progressive wasting away of the body; esp., that form of wasting, attendant upon pulmonary phthisis and associated with cough, spitting of blood, hectic fever, etc.; pulmonary phthisis; -- called also pulmonary consumption


  1. Consumption

    Consumption is a major concept in economics and is also studied by many other social sciences. Economists are particularly interested in the relationship between consumption and income, and therefore in economics the consumption function plays a major role. Different schools of economists define production and consumption differently. According to mainstream economists, only the final purchase of goods and services by individuals constitutes consumption, while other types of expenditure — in particular, fixed investment, intermediate consumption, and government spending — are placed in separate categories. Other economists define consumption much more broadly, as the aggregate of all economic activity that does not entail the design, production and marketing of goods and services.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consumption' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3033

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consumption' in Nouns Frequency: #1322

Translations for consumption

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of consuming

The consumption of coffee has increased.

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