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consume

verb [T] (USE RESOURCE)    /kənˈsjuːm/ US  /-ˈsuːm/
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 .Using and misusing B2 formal to eat or drink , especially a lot of something: He consumes vast quantities of chips with every meal .EatingBiting, chewing and swallowingDrinking
(Definition of consume verb (USE RESOURCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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