Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “consumption”

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)
(Definition of consumption from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of consumption?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “consumption” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

light at the end of the tunnel

signs of improvement in a situation that has been bad for a long time, or signs that a long and difficult piece of work is almost finished

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More