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consumeverb [T]

uk   /kənˈsjuːm/  us   /-ˈsuːm/

consume verb [T] (USE RESOURCE)

C1 to use fuel, energy, or time, especially in large amounts: Our high living standards cause our present population to consume 25 percent of the world's oil.B2 formal to eat or drink, especially a lot of something: He consumes vast quantities of chips with every meal.
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consume verb [T] (DESTROY)

If a fire consumes something, it destroys it completely.be consumed by/with sth C2 to have so much of a feeling that it affects everything you do: He was consumed with jealousy. As a teenager, I was consumed by passion for the boy next door.
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