Complete Definition of "consume"

English

Etymology
From L. consumere.

Pronunciation
(UK): IPA|/kÉnËsjuËm/, SAMPA|/[email protected]"sju:m/
(US): AHD|kÉn-soÍom, IPA|/kÉnËsuËm/, SAMPA|/[email protected]"su:m/
audio|en-us-consume.ogg|Audio (US)

Verb
en-verb|consum|ing

  1. transitive To use.

#* The power plant consumes 30 tons of coal per hour.

  1. transitive To eat.

#* Baby birds consume their own weight in food each day.

  1. transitive To occupy (oneâs attention or thoughts).

#* Desire consumed him.

  1. transitive To destroy completely.

#* The building was consumed by fire.

Synonyms
(use): burn (of energy), use, use up
(eat): devour, eat, swallow
(occupy (one's attention or thoughts)): occupy, overcome, take over
(destroy completely): annihilate, destroy, devastate, eliminate, obliterate, raze (of a building), wipe out

Derived terms
consumer

Related terms
consumption
consumptive

Translations
trans-top|to use
Czech: spotÅebovat
Dutch: consumeren, verbruiken
Finnish: kuluttaa
French: consommer
Hebrew: ×צר×× (litzrokh)
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Italian: consumare
Norwegian: forbruke
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trans-top|to eat
Dutch: consumeren
Finnish: kuluttaa, syödä
French: consommer
Hebrew: ×צר×× (litzrokh)
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Italian: consumare
Norwegian: fortære
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trans-top|to occupy
Dutch: bezighouden, verteren
Finnish: kuluttaa, kalvaa
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trans-top|to destroy completely
Dutch: t|nl|verteren, t|nl|consumeren
Finnish: tuhota, tuhoutua
French: consumer
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ttbc|Latin: consumere
ttbc|Spanish: consumir
ttbc|Turkish: tüketmek

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