consume (consumes, present participle consuming; past and past participle consumed)
- (transitive) To use up.
- The power plant consumes 30 tons of coal per hour.
- (transitive) To eat.
- Baby birds consume their own weight in food each day.
- (transitive) To completely occupy the thoughts or attention of.
- Desire consumed him.
- (transitive) To destroy completely.
- The building was consumed by fire.
- c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene vi]:
- If he were putting to my house the brand / That shall consume it.
- Bible, Matthew vi. 20
- Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To waste away slowly.
- 1899, Kate Chopin, The Awakening:
- He assured her the child was consuming at that moment in the next room.
- (economics, transitive, intransitive) To trade money for good or services as an individual.
- In a materialistic society, individuals are taught to consume, consume, consume.
- If you consume this product while in Japan, you may be subject to consumption tax.
- (transitive) To absorb information, especially through the mass media.
- The Internet has changed the way we consume news.
- (use) burn (of energy), use, use up
- (eat) devour, eat, swallow
- (occupy) occupy, overcome, take over
- (destroy) annihilate, destroy, devastate, eliminate, obliterate, raze (of a building), wipe out
- Russian: занима́ть