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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: consumer, from Latin consumere, from com- ( COM-) + sumere 'to take up, take'

consume

verb
     
con‧sume [transitive]
1 to use time, energy, goods etc [↪ consumption]:
Only 27% of the paper we consume is recycled.
A smaller vehicle will consume less fuel.
2 formal to eat or drink something [↪ consumer, consumption]:
Alcohol may not be consumed on the premises.
3 literary if a feeling or idea consumes you, it affects you very strongly, so that you cannot think about anything else:
She was scared by the depression which threatened to consume her.
be consumed with something
He was consumed with guilt after the accident.
4 formal if fire consumes something, it destroys it completely

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