verb (consumed; consuming) Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French consumer, from Latin consumere, from com- + sumere to take up, take, from sub- up + emere to take — more at sub-, redeem Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to do away with completely ; destroy <
fire consumed several buildings
2. a. to spend wastefully ; squander b. use up <
writing consumed much of his time
3. a. to eat or drink especially in great quantity <
consumed several bags of pretzels
b. to enjoy avidly ; devour <
mysteries, which she consumes for fun — E. R. Lipson
4. to engage fully ; engross <
consumed with curiosity
5. to utilize as a customer <
consume goods and services
intransitive verb 1. to waste or burn away ; perish 2. to utilize economic goods

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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