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Consume appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Emus’ nocturnal plan: rut; consume.
  • Emus nock sedate Lisa’s Pop’s arrow or rasp ops as I let a desk consume.
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The word consume and its family (consumed, consumer, consumers, consumes, consuming, consumption) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb consume

What does consume mean as a doing word?

Consume is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: consumed | consuming | consumes

  1. eat up completely, as with great appetite
    • example: They consume more bread
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Cynthia ate the peach | Cynthia devoured the pizza | Cynthia drank the wine | Cynthia gobbled the pizza | Cynthia nibbled the carrot | Cynthia quaffed her mead | Cynthia sipped the drink | Cynthia swilled the beverage

      Verbs of Ingesting (with the same syntax): devour, down, have, ingest.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of consume: demolish / devour / down / go through
    • more generic terms: eat up / finish / polish off = finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table
  2. serve oneself to, or consume regularly
  3. spend extravagantly
  4. destroy completely
    • example: The fire consumed the building
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: destroy / ruin = destroy completely
  5. use up (resources or materials)
  6. engage fully
    • example: The effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: absorb / engage / engross / occupy = consume all of one's attention or time

Alternative definition of the verb consume


  1. [transitive] To use.
  2. [transitive] To eat.
  3. [transitive] To occupy (one’s attention or thoughts).
  4. [transitive] To destroy completely.


Consume is a musical group.

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  1. "Consume" is a musical album of Consume & No More Saints.
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  2. "Consume" is a musical EP of //TENSE//.
    • released on (5 years ago)
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  4. "Consume" is a musical EP of Moxham Castle.
  5. "Consume" is a composition.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Consume

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Google previewMacroeconomics (2016)

Economics, Macroeconomics and monetary economics by CTI Reviews

Marginal propensity to consume: In economics,the marginal propensity to consume is an empirical metric that quantifies induced...

Marginal propensity to consume is the proportion of additional income thatan individualdesires to consume.

Google previewBasic Econometrics (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Marginal propensity to consume: In economics, the Marginal propensity to consume is an empirical metric that quantifies induced consumption, the concept thatthe increase in personal consumer spending (consumption) that occurs with ...

Google previewBrief Calculus, An Applied Approach (2016)

Mathematics, Calculus by CTI Reviews

Marginal propensitytoconsume: In economics, the Marginal propensity to consume is an empirical metric that quantifies induced consumption, the concept that the increase in personal consumer spending (consumption) that occurswithan ...

Google previewRoutledge Dictionary of Economics (2003)

by Donald Rutherford

The ratio ofa consumer«s total consumption tohisorher total income. For low income groupsthe average propensityto consume isunity, orclose to unity, as there is no surplus over expenditure available forsaving.As incomerises and basic ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Keynesian Economics, Second edition (2013)

by Thomas Cate

proposed the permanent income hypothesis as a means to reconcile the observed disparity between the short-run and long- run average propensity to consume estimates. Short-run annual time series and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Consumption and Waste (2012)

The Social Science of Garbage by Carl A. Zimring, William L. Rathje

Roughly one-quarter of the nearly 7 billion people across the globe regularly consume milk and other dairy products, which refers to any food produced from mammalian milk. While typically coming from cattle, dairy products can also be ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

Ifrom consume.] ...

Google previewTyro's Spyglass, Arithmetical Lexicon, and School Teacher's Assistant, consisting of ... arithmetical problems and of the solution of all ... questions to be found in all works on arithmetic (1841)


oxen to consume 10 acres of grass and its growth in 4 weeks, but since only 4 weeks arerconsid'ered in the preceding proportional statement, and 5 of the 9 weeks are yet to ...

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Usage statistics about consume

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

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Quotes about Consume

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. (George Bernard Shaw)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1S1U1M3E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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