What does consume mean?

Definitions for consume
kənˈsumcon·sume

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. devour, down, consume, go throughverb

    eat immoderately

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

  2. consume, ingest, take in, take, haveverb

    serve oneself to, or consume regularly

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

  3. consume, squander, waste, wareverb

    spend extravagantly

    "waste not, want not"

  4. consumeverb

    destroy completely

    "The fire consumed the building"

  5. consume, eat up, use up, eat, deplete, exhaust, run through, wipe outverb

    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. consumeverb

    engage fully

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

Wiktionary

  1. consumeverb

    To use.

    The power plant consumes 30 tons of coal per hour.

  2. consumeverb

    To eat.

    Baby birds consume their own weight in food each day.

  3. consumeverb

    To occupy (one's attention or thoughts).

    Desire consumed him.

  4. consumeverb

    To destroy completely.

    The building was consumed by fire.

  5. Etymology: From consumere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consumeverb

    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. Consumeverb

    to waste away slowly

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Consume

    kon-sūm′, v.t. to destroy by wasting, fire, evaporation, &c.: to use up: to devour: to waste or spend: to exhaust.—v.i. to waste away.—adj. Consum′able.—adv. Consum′edly, exceedingly—originally a fantastic variant of confoundedly, and prob. influenced in meaning by consummately.—ns. Consum′er, as opposed to producer, he who uses an article produced; Consum′ing, wasting or destroying. [L. consum-ĕre, to destroy—con, sig. completeness, sum-ĕre, sumptum, to take.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consume in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consume in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of consume in a Sentence

  1. Michael Moreau:

    Leaving Bennu's vicinity in May puts us in the' sweet spot,' when the departure maneuver will consume the least amount of the spacecraft's onboard fuel.

  2. George Bernard Shaw:

    We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

  3. Robert Graham:

    Using less meat is what I encourage, even if you add a little bit of chopped mushroom to a ground beef patty mixture, that can help to reduce the meat you consume.

  4. Mark Twain:

    In Marseilles they make half the toilet soap we consume in America, but the Marseillaise only have a vague theoretical idea of its use, which they have obtained from books of travel.

  5. Chris Rayner:

    So my message would be that consuming alcohol without any accompanying nutrients will result in a somewhat higher peak blood alcohol concentration, however, it is at least as important to consume alcohol in moderation, regardless of whether it is taken with or without food.

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