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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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  • Hence the copper plate, or the unconsumed plate, becomes positively charged and also coated with hydrogen bubbles.

  • unconsumed particles of coal, rendered volatile by heat, and driven off.

    The Reason Why Anonymous
  • Nothing but the embers of the wagon and the unconsumed iron work, of course, now remained in the road.

    Sunset Pass Charles King
  • He looked as if the war had more let him alone, left him detached, unconsumed.

  • "Come," he said, rising abruptly, and throwing the unconsumed end of his cigarette into the fireplace.

  • That part of capital's unconsumed share bought back the bonds.

    The Iron Heel Jack London
  • McGeorge refused to meet my interrogation, but sat with his gaze fastened on his plate of unconsumed gray macaroni.

  • There were some unconsumed shavings there, as well as a tin which had once held paraffin.

    King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • Gillespie said to himself, and instinctively knocked the unconsumed tobacco out of his short clay pipe as he rose to greet her.

    Blood Royal Grant Allen
British Dictionary definitions for unconsumed


(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 unconsumed



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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