Consume - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kənˈsuːm|  American pronunciation of the word consume
Brit.  |kənˈsjuːm|  British pronunciation of the word consume


- eat up completely, as with great appetite (syn: demolish, devour, down, go through)
- serve oneself to, or consume regularly (syn: have, ingest, take, take in)
- spend extravagantly (syn: squander, ware, waste)
- destroy completely
The fire consumed the building
- use up (resources or materials) (syn: deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out)
this car consumes a lot of gas
- engage fully
The effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy

Extra examples

The new lights consume less electricity.

She's making an effort to live more simply and consume less.

Hundreds of books were consumed in the fire.

The fire had consumed half the forest away before it was stopped.

Drake was consumed by the idea of sailing into the Pacific.

The nervous force is consumed equally in mental and in bodily exertion.

The thin slippers universally used by the people are very soon consumed.

Only 27% of the paper we consume is recycled.

A smaller vehicle will consume less fuel.

Alcohol may not be consumed on the premises.

She was scared by the depression which threatened to consume her.

He was consumed with guilt after the accident.

The fire consumed the building

The effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy

We need to rethink the way we consume energy. Take, for instance, our approach to transport.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: consume
he/she/it: consumes
present participle: consuming
past tense: consumed
past participle: consumed
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