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consumption

noun [U] uk   /kənˈsʌmp.ʃən/ us  

consumption noun [U] (USE)

C1 the amount used or eaten: As a nation, our consumption of junk food is horrifying. We need to cut down on our fuel consumption by having fewer cars on the road. the act of using, eating, or drinking something: The meat was clearly unfit for human consumption (= not suitable for people to eat). These products are not for national consumption, but for export. the situation in which information, entertainment, etc. is intended for a particular group of people: This memo is for internal consumption only. The movie was not intended for public consumption.

consumption noun [U] (DISEASE)

old-fashioned for tuberculosis (= a serious disease of the lungs)
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