consume

[kuhn-soom]
verb (used with object), consumed, consuming.
1.
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.
verb (used without object), consumed, consuming.
6.
to undergo destruction; waste away.
7.
to use or use up consumer goods.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French consumer) < Latin consūmere, equivalent to con- con- + sūmere to take up (perhaps < *suzm- < *subzm- < *subs-(e)m-, equivalent to subs-, variant of sub- sub- + emere to take, buy)

half-consumed, adjective
overconsume, verb, overconsumed, overconsuming.
preconsume, verb (used with object), preconsumed, preconsuming.
unconsumed, adjective
underconsume, verb (used with object), underconsumed, underconsuming.


1. exhaust, deplete. 4. squander, dissipate.
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consume (kənˈsjuːm)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to eat or drink
2.  (tr; often passive) to engross or obsess
3.  (tr) to use up; expend: my car consumes little oil
4.  to destroy or be destroyed by burning, decomposition, etc: fire consumed the forest
5.  (tr) to waste or squander: the time consumed on that project was excessive
6.  (passive) to waste away
 
[C14: from Latin consūmere to devour, from com- (intensive) + sūmere to take up, from emere to take, purchase]
 
con'suming
 
adj
 
con'sumingly
 
adv

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consume
late 14c., from L. consumere "to use up, eat, waste," from com- intensive prefix + sumere "to take," from sub- "under" + emere "to buy, take" (see exempt).
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Example sentences
There was a six-month supply of food and water-but not a soul to consume it.
Where spotted owls are finicky eaters, barred owls consume almost anything,
  including spotted owls.
Readers consume volumes of it, and then ask to meet the author.
It took him nearly the duration of the flight to consume half his bagel: he had
  a lot to say.
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