What does consumption mean?

Definitions for consumption
kənˈsʌmp ʃəncon·sump·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. consumption, ingestion, intake, uptakenoun

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

  2. pulmonary tuberculosis, consumption, phthisis, wasting disease, white plaguenoun

    involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body

  3. consumption, economic consumption, usance, use, use of goods and servicesnoun

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

    "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"

  4. consumption, using up, expenditurenoun

    the act of consuming something


  1. consumptionnoun

    The act of consuming something.

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

  2. consumptionnoun

    The amount consumed.

    gross national consumption

  3. consumptionnoun

    The wasting-away of the human body through disease.

  4. consumptionnoun

    Pulmonary tuberculosis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Consumptionnoun

    Etymology: consumptio, Latin.

    In commodities the value rises as its quantity is less and vent greater, which depends upon its being preferred in its consumption. John Locke.

    Etna and Vesuvius have sent forth flames for this two or three thousand years, yet the mountains themselves have not suffered any considerable diminution or consumption; but are, at this day, the highest mountains in those countries. John Woodward.

    Consumptions sow
    In hollow bones of man. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    The stoppage of women’s courses, if not suddenly looked to, sets them into a consumption, dropsy, or other disease. Gideon Harvey, on Consumptions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consumptionnoun

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

  2. Consumptionnoun

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

  3. Consumptionnoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Consumption

    kon-sum′shun, n. the act of using up or consuming—the converse of production—also Consumpt′; pulmonary consumption, a more or less rapidly advancing process of lung destruction, with progressive emaciation—phthisis, tuberculosis.—adj. Consump′tive, wasting away: inclined to the disease consumption.—adv. Consump′tively.—ns. Consump′tiveness, a tendency to consumption; Consumptiv′ity. [See Consume.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consumption in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consumption in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of consumption in a Sentence

  1. Lu Xiao:

    We're expecting slower demand growth in total gas consumption and LNG imports this year.

  2. Fang Fang:

    Results from our study and those from others are consistent that soy food consumption in women with breast cancer does not have a detrimental effect on prognosis or survival.

  3. Philippe Pujol:

    The people consuming drugs aren't doing it for pleasure here, they're doing it to get away from their difficult lives -- it's a consumption of misfortune. And that's linked to the fact that there are no jobs.

  4. Steven Leung:

    Investors liquidated their positions as the GDP data failed to impress, while domestic consumption showed no sign of improvement.

  5. Alan Leviton:

    The review draws conclusions from studies that rely on self-reported consumption data, which is notoriously inaccurate.

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