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Meaning of consume by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin consumere .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /kənˈsjuːm/, X-SAMPA: /k@n"sju:m/
    • ( US ) enPR: kən-so͞om, IPA: /kənˈsuːm/, X-SAMPA: /k@n"su:m/


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Definition of consume by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Consume ( kŏnsūm ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Consumed ( kŏnsūmd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Consuming.] [L. consumere to take wholly or completely, to consume; con- + sumere to take; sub + emere to buy. 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 devour.

    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. Consume ( kŏnsūm ), v. i. To waste away slowly.

    Therefore, let Benedick, like covered fire,

    Consume away in sighs. Shak.