consume

"The Freshman 15" describes freshman-year college students who gain about fifteen pounds because they consume way too much lousy dorm food all day long.

To consume a cake is to eat it, the idea being that you ate the whole thing. To say a fire consumed a building is to say that the entire building was destroyed. Consume means to devour, to take in, to use up. The Unites States is often referred to as a consumer society because our economy is based on things being consumed. Whether it's gas, clothes, burgers, music, or anything that we use up as we purchase it, it's something that we consume. If we consume all the oil, there will be none left to burn.

Primary Meanings of consume

1.
v
serve oneself to, or consume regularly
2.
v
use up (resources or materials)
3.
v
engage fully
Full Definitions of consume
1

v serve oneself to, or consume regularly

Synonyms:
have, ingest, take, take in
Antonyms:
abstain, desist, refrain
choose not to consume
Types:
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hit
consume to excess
cannibalise, cannibalize
eat human flesh
habituate, use
take or consume (regularly or habitually)
eat
eat a meal; take a meal
eat
take in solid food
drink, imbibe
take in liquids
booze, drink, fuddle
consume alcohol
partake, touch
consume
eat, feed
take in food; used of animals only
fill, replete, sate, satiate
fill to satisfaction
sample, taste, try, try out
take a sample of
sop up, suck in, take in, take up
take up as if with a sponge
smoke
inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes
do drugs, drug
use recreational drugs
get down, swallow
pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking
sup
take solid or liquid food into the mouth a little at a time either by drinking or by eating with a spoon
take away, take out
buy and consume food from a restaurant or establishment that sells prepared food
victual
take in nourishment
wash down
eat food accompanied by lots of liquid; also use metaphorically
dine in, eat in
eat at home
dine out, eat out
eat at a restaurant or at somebody else's home
dine
have supper; eat dinner
picnic
eat alfresco, in the open air
fress, gluttonise, gluttonize
eat a lot and without restraint
wolf, wolf down
eat hastily
slurp
eat noisily
swill, swill down
drink large quantities of (liquid, especially alcoholic drink)
suck
draw into the mouth by creating a practical vacuum in the mouth
guggle, gurgle
drink from a flask with a gurgling sound
sip
drink in sips
guzzle
drink greedily or as if with great thirst
lap, lap up, lick
take up with the tongue
tank
consume excessive amounts of alcohol
port
drink port
claret
drink claret
bar hop, pub-crawl
go from one pub to the next and get progressively more drunk
bib, tipple
drink moderately but regularly
drink, tope
drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic
break bread
have a meal, usually with company
receive
partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament
fare
eat well
dig in, pitch in
eat heartily
nosh, snack
eat a snack; eat lightly
peck, peck at, pick at
eat like a bird
peck, pick up
eat by pecking at, like a bird
bolt, gobble
eat hastily without proper chewing
bolt down, garbage down, gobble up, shovel in
eat a large amount of food quickly
nibble, pick, piece
eat intermittently; take small bites of
ruminate
chew the cuds
drain the cup, drink up
drink to the last drop
mess
eat in a mess hall
board
lodge and take meals (at)
forage
wander and feed
raven
feed greedily
lunch
take the midday meal
brunch
eat a meal in the late morning
breakfast
eat an early morning meal
banquet, feast, junket
partake in a feast or banquet
suckle
suck milk from the mother's breasts
hit it up, inebriate, soak, souse
become drunk or drink excessively
wine
drink wine
dip, dunk
dip into a liquid while eating
binge, englut, engorge, glut, gorge, gormandise, gormandize, gourmandize, ingurgitate, overeat, overgorge, overindulge, pig out, satiate, scarf out, stuff
overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
cloy, pall
cause surfeit through excess though initially pleasing
degust
taste with relish
devour, guttle, pig, raven
eat greedily
eat up, finish, polish off
finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table
devour, down, go through
eat immoderately
chain-smoke
smoke one cigarette after another; light one cigarette from the preceding one
puff, whiff
smoke and exhale strongly
inhale
draw deep into the lungs in by breathing
inject
take by injection
snort, take a hit
inhale through the nose
base, free-base
use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
drop
take (a drug, especially LSD), by mouth
dope
take drugs to improve one's athletic performance
gulp, quaff, swig
to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
belt down, bolt down, down, drink down, kill, pop, pour down, toss off
drink down entirely
bolt
swallow hastily
fill, fill up
eat until one is sated
carry, hold
drink alcohol without showing ill effects
browse, crop, graze, pasture, range
feed as in a meadow or pasture

v eat immoderately

Synonyms:
devour, down, go through
Type of:
eat
take in solid food

v spend extravagantly

Synonyms:
squander, ware, waste
Types:
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dissipate, fool, fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, shoot
spend frivolously and unwisely
luxuriate, wanton
become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously
lavish, shower
expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns
overspend
spend at a high rate
fling, splurge
indulge oneself
Type of:
drop, expend, spend
pay out
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v use up (resources or materials)

“this car consumes a lot of gas”
Synonyms:
deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out
occupy, take, use up
require (time or space)
Types:
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run out
exhaust the supply of
drain
deplete of resources
indulge, luxuriate
enjoy to excess
burn, burn off, burn up
use up (energy)
spend
spend completely
exhaust, play out, run down, sap, tire
deplete
surfeit
indulge (one's appetite) to satiety
overspend
spend more than available of (a budget)
underspend
spend less than the whole of (a budget, for example)
Type of:
drop, expend, spend
pay out

v destroy completely

“The fire consumed the building”
Type of:
destroy, ruin
destroy completely; damage irreparably
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v engage fully

“The effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy”
Type of:
absorb, engage, engross, occupy
consume all of one's attention or time

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