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consumption

con·sump·tion

consumption

 
 
pronunciation:
kn suhmp shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process of using up or consuming.
Consumption of fuel for heating increases during the cold winter months.The famine was caused by the consumption of crops by locusts.
definition 2: the result of such an act; the quantity consumed.
The doctor advised him to reduce his fat consumption.
definition 3: the purchase of goods and services.
Consumption in the U.S. is generally at its highest during the holiday season.
 
definition 4: a wasting away of living tissue, or of the body as a whole, esp. when caused by tuberculosis of the lungs.
The writer George Orwell died of consumption at the age of 46.
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