Other forms: consumptions

Consumption means using, buying or eating something. If we don't reduce our energy consumption, we will run out of fuel. Conspicuous consumption is buying something to show off.

Consumption is related to the verb consume, which means to eat, use, or buy. You will often read about consumption in terms of rate––how fast we are using up a particular resource. If you consume ten cookies in an hour, your rate of consumption is ten cookies an hour. Sustainable? Let's hope not.

Definitions of consumption
  1. noun
    the act of consuming something
    synonyms: expenditure, using up
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    the amount of fuel used up (as in a nuclear reactor)
    type of:
    the act of decreasing something markedly
  2. noun
    the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)
    synonyms: ingestion, intake, uptake
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    eating, feeding
    the act of consuming food
    deglutition, drink, swallow
    the act of swallowing
    suck, sucking, suction
    the act of sucking
    drinking, imbibing, imbibition
    the act of consuming liquids
    the practice of eating fungi (especially mushrooms collected in the wild)
    bite, chomp
    the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
    browse, browsing
    the act of feeding by continual nibbling
    coprophagia, coprophagy
    eating feces; in human a symptom of some kinds of insanity
    swallowing air (usually followed by belching and discomfort and flatulence)
    draft, draught, gulp, swig
    a large and hurried swallow
    the act of eating dinner
    eating ravenously or voraciously to satiation
    banqueting, feasting
    eating an elaborate meal (often accompanied by entertainment)
    graze, grazing
    the act of grazing
    the act of eating lunch
    repletion, surfeit
    eating until excessively full
    ingestion of liquid food with a spoon or by drinking
    degustation, relishing, savoring, savouring, tasting
    taking a small amount into the mouth to test its quality
    necrophagia, necrophagy
    feeding on corpses or carrion
    the eating of raw food
    the eating of excrement or other filth
    gulping, guzzling, swilling
    the drinking of large mouthfuls rapidly
    a small drink
    the act of drinking (especially an alcoholic drink)
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    activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process
    an organic process that takes place in the body
  3. noun
    (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
    “the consumption of energy has increased steadily”
    synonyms: economic consumption, usance, use, use of goods and services
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    conspicuous consumption
    buying expensive services and products in order to flaunt your wealth
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    the ability and desire to purchase goods and services
  4. noun
    a disease involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body
    synonyms: phthisis, pulmonary tuberculosis, wasting disease, white plague
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    type of:
    T.B., TB, tuberculosis
    infection transmitted by inhalation or ingestion of tubercle bacilli and manifested in fever and small lesions (usually in the lungs but in various other parts of the body in acute stages)




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