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[kuh n-soom] /kənˈsum/
verb (used with object), consumed, consuming.
to destroy or expend by use; use up.
to eat or drink up; devour.
to destroy, as by decomposition or burning:
Fire consumed the forest.
to spend (money, time, etc.) wastefully.
to absorb; engross:
consumed with curiosity.
verb (used without object), consumed, consuming.
to undergo destruction; waste away.
to use or use up consumer goods.
Origin of consume
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)
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for consume
  • 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.
  • Rice plants, they say, house the souls of their ancestors and give strength to those who consume it.
  • Most ladybugs voraciously consume plant-eating insects, such as aphids, and in doing so they help to protect crops.
  • Artificial trees, he noted, consume significant energy and petroleum-based materials during their manufacture.
  • The secret, according to a new study, is in a fluid secreted by the maggots to help them consume decaying tissue.
  • Some consume live plants and are considered agricultural pests.
  • Males need to consume more food each day than females because of their larger size.
British Dictionary definitions for consume


(transitive) to eat or drink
(transitive; often passive) to engross or obsess
(transitive) to use up; expend: my car consumes little oil
to destroy or be destroyed by burning, decomposition, etc: fire consumed the forest
(transitive) to waste or squander: the time consumed on that project was excessive
(passive) to waste away
Derived Forms
consuming, adjective
consumingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin consūmere to devour, from com- (intensive) + sūmere to take up, from emere to take, purchase
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Word Origin and History for consume

late 14c., from Old French consumer "to consume" (12c.) and directly from Latin consumere "to use up, eat, waste," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + sumere "to take," from sub- "under" + emere "to buy, take" (see exempt (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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