under consuming

consume

[kuhn-soom]

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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