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English definition of “consumption”

consumption

noun [U] (USE)    /kənˈsʌmp.ʃən/
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.Using and misusing 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.EatingBiting, chewing and swallowingDrinking 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.Audiences and spectators
(Definition of consumption noun (USE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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