Definition of Consume

1. Verb. Eat immoderately. "They consume more bread"; "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"

Exact synonyms: Devour, Down, Go Through
Generic synonyms: Eat
Derivative terms: Devourer



2. Verb. Serve oneself to, or consume regularly. "They consume more bread"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"

3. Verb. Spend extravagantly. "Waste not, want not"
Exact synonyms: Squander, Ware, Waste
Specialized synonyms: Dissipate, Fool, Fool Away, Fritter, Fritter Away, Frivol Away, Shoot, Luxuriate, Wanton, Lavish, Shower, Overspend, Fling, Splurge
Generic synonyms: Drop, Expend, Spend
Derivative terms: Squanderer, Squandering, Waste, Waster

4. Verb. Destroy completely. "The fire consumed the building"
Generic synonyms: Destroy, Ruin

5. Verb. Use up (resources or materials). "They consume more bread"; "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"
Exact synonyms: Deplete, Eat, Eat Up, Exhaust, Run Through, Use Up, Wipe Out
Specialized synonyms: Run Out, Drain, Indulge, Luxuriate, Burn, Burn Off, Burn Up, Spend, Exhaust, Play Out, Run Down, Sap, Tire
Generic synonyms: Drop, Expend, Spend
Related verbs: Occupy, Take, Use Up
Derivative terms: Consumable, Consumptive, Depletion, Depletion, Exhaustion

6. Verb. Engage fully. "The effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy"
Generic synonyms: Absorb, Engage, Engross, Occupy

Definition of Consume

1. v. t. To destroy, as by decomposition, dissipation, waste, or fire; to use up; to expend; to waste; to burn up; to eat up; to devour.

2. v. i. To waste away slowly.

Definition of Consume

1. Verb. (transitive) To use. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To eat. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To occupy (one’s attention or thoughts). ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To destroy completely. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Consume

1. to use up [v -SUMED, -SUMING, -SUMES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Consume

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Literary usage of Consume

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Evolution of Modern Capitalism: A Study of Machine Production by John Atkinson Hobson (1902)
"Since there exists in every society a host of unsatisfied wants, it is equally certain that there exists a desire to consume everything that can be produced ..."

2. Principles of Political Economy, with Some of Their Applications to Social by John Stuart Mill (1896)
"A portion, therefore, of the commodities produced may be unable to find a market, from the absence of means in those who have the desire to consume, ..."

3. Principles of Political Economy, with Some of Their Applications to Social by John Stuart Mill (1896)
"A portion, therefore, of the commodities produced may be unable to find a market, from the absence of means in those who have the desire to consume, ..."

4. The Works of Rufus Choate: With a Memoir of His Life by Rufus Choate, Samuel Gilman Brown (1862)
"You may consume less of foreign fabrics, in proportion to your numbers, than before 1808, for the reason that the decline of agricultural prices, ..."

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