consume: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kun-sm'), [key]
— v., -sumed, -sum•ing.
  1. to destroy or expend by use; use up.
  2. to eat or drink up; devour.
  3. to destroy, as by decomposition or burning: Fire consumed the forest.
  4. to spend (money, time, etc.) wastefully.
  5. to absorb; engross: consumed with curiosity.
  1. to undergo destruction; waste away.
  2. to use or use up consumer goods.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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