- 1consume something to use something, especially fuel, energy or time The electricity industry consumes large amounts of fossil fuels. 25 per cent of the world’s population consumes 80 per cent of the planet’s resources.
- 2consume something to eat or drink something Before he died he had consumed a large quantity of alcohol. a half-consumed loaf of bread
- 3consume somebody (with something) [usually passive] to fill somebody with a strong feeling Carolyn was consumed with guilt. Rage consumed him.
- 4consume something (of fire) to completely destroy something The hotel was quickly consumed by fire. see also all-consuming, consuming, consumption, time-consuming Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin consumere, from con-
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BrE BrE//kənˈsjuːm//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsuːm//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they consume
BrE BrE//kənˈsjuːm//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsuːm//he / she / it consumes
BrE BrE//kənˈsjuːmz//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsuːmz//past simple consumed
BrE BrE//kənˈsjuːmd//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsuːmd//past participle consumed
BrE BrE//kənˈsjuːmd//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsuːmd//-ing form consuming
BrE BrE//kənˈsjuːmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsuːmɪŋ//