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[tahym-kuh n-soo-ming] /ˈtaɪm kənˌsu mɪŋ/
(of an action) requiring or wasting much time.
Origin of time-consuming
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This entails adherence to rigid forms, time-consuming, but still necessary.

    The Armed Forces Officer U. S. Department of Defense
  • Not impossible, but a highly precarious and time-consuming operation at best.

    The Winds of Time James H. Schmitz
  • The simplicity of this method as compared with the time-consuming operation of removing and changing gears is apparent.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • It was a time-consuming process, but it was the only way the job could be done.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • This process renders tablet making no more difficult or time-consuming than the making of pills or capsules.

    Candy Medication Bernard Fantus
British Dictionary definitions for time-consuming


taking up or involving a great deal of time
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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