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consume

con·sume

consume

 
pronunciation:
kn sum
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: consumed, consumes, consuming
definition 1: to eat; devour.
The prisoner hungrily consumed his meal.You consume too many fatty foods.
 
synonyms:
devour, eat, swallow
similar words:
absorb, bolt, drink, gobble, gulp, guzzle, polish off, touch, wolf
definition 2: to destroy.
The house was consumed by fire.
synonyms:
annihilate, destroy, devastate, devour, eat, ravage
similar words:
demolish, engulf, envelop, eradicate, gut, level, obliterate, overcome, play havoc with, ruin, swallow, take, waste, wipe out
definition 3: to use up.
An engine consumes fuel.This old air conditioner consumes a lot of energy.
synonyms:
eat up, exhaust, expend, finish, use up
antonyms:
save
similar words:
burn, deplete, dispose of, drain, eat, guzzle, kill, run out of, spend, use, waste
definition 4: to use wastefully; squander.
Idle chatter consumes much of their time at work.
synonyms:
squander, use, waste
similar words:
blow, dissipate, eat, fritter away, guzzle, kill, misspend
definition 5: to engross.
His job consumes his full attention.
synonyms:
engage, engross, occupy
similar words:
absorb, captivate, devour, eat, enthrall, grip, immerse, involve, obsess, possess, preoccupy, swallow, take
derivation: consumable (adj.)
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