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Meaning of CONSUME

Pronunciation:  kun'soom

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  engage fully; "The effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy"
  2. [v]  serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"
  3. [v]  use up, as of resources or materials; "this car consumes a lot of gas"; "We exhausted our savings"; "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"
  4. [v]  spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not"
  5. [v]  eat immoderately; "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"
  6. [v]  destroy completely; "The fire consumed the building"

CONSUME is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: deplete, devour, down, eat up, exhaust, go through, have, ingest, run through, squander, take, take in, use up, ware, waste, wipe out
 Antonyms: abstain, desist, refrain
 See Also: absorb, booze, burn, burn off, burn up, cannibalise, cannibalize, destroy, dissipate, do drugs, drain, drink, drop, drug, eat, engage, engross, expend, feed, fill, fool, fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, fuddle, get down, habituate, hit, imbibe, indulge, luxuriate, occupy, partake, play out, replete, ruin, run down, run out, sample, sap, sate, satiate, shoot, smoke, sop up, spend, suck in, sup, swallow, take up, taste, tire, touch, try, try out, use, wanton



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con*sume"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Consumed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Consuming}.] [L. consumere to take wholly or
    complectely, to consume; con- + sumere to take; sub + emere
    to buv. See {Redeem}.]
    To destroy, as by decomposition, dissipation, waste, or fire;
    to use up; to expend; to waste; to burn up; to eat up; to
          If he were putting to my house the brand That shall
          consume it.                              --Shak.
          Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
          neither moth nor rust doth consume.      --Matt. vi. 20
                                                   (Rev. Ver. ).
          Let me alone . . . that I may consume them. --Ex.
                                                   xxxii. 10.
    Syn: To destroy; swallow up; ingulf; absorb; waste; exhaust;
         spend; expend; squander; lavish; dissipate.
  2. \Con*sume"\, v. i.
    To waste away slowly.
          Therefore, let Renedick, like covered fire, Consume
          away in sighs.                           --Shak.
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