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consume

verb [T]  /kənˈsum/ us  
to use fuel, energy, or time, esp. in large amounts: Weekend shopping chores consumed much of her time. To consume is also to eat or drink: They consume a lot of candy. If a fire consumes something, it destroys it completely: Fire had consumed the whole building. Someone can be said to be consumed by/with a feeling if that feeling is extremely strong: We were consumed with joy and relief, as well as profound gratitude.
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