Definition of consumption noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈsʌmpʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsʌmpʃn//
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  1. 1the act of using energy, food or materials; the amount used the production of fuel for domestic consumption (= to be used in the country where it is produced) Gas and oil consumption always increases in cold weather. The meat was declared unfit for human consumption. He was advised to reduce his alcohol consumption. Her speech to party members was not intended for public consumption (= to be heard by the public). see also consume
  2. 2the act of buying and using products Consumption rather than saving has become the central feature of contemporary societies. see also conspicuous consumption, consume
  3. 3 (old-fashioned) a serious infectious disease of the lungs synonym tuberculosis
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin consumptio(n-), from the verb consumere, from con- ‘altogether’ + sumere ‘take up’.Extra examples Doctors say that children need to increase their consumption of fruit and vegetables. Half of the small crop was kept for home consumption. It is important that the recovery be export-led rather than led by domestic consumption. Reducing our annual consumption of energy is an important first step. The documents were for the committee rather than for public consumption. The documents were not for public consumption. The industry faced a serious challenge in trying to stimulate consumption. You need to reduce your alcohol consumption. households that save for future consumption meat that is unfit for human consumption the country with the highest fuel consumption in the world She was advised to reduce her alcohol consumption. The meat was declared unfit for human consumption. the production of fuel for domestic consumption
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