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consume

verb [T]
 
 
/kənˈsjuːm/ US   /kənˈsuːm/
to use something such as fuel, energy, money, or time, especially in large quantities: It's a province of China which consumes 180,000 tons of coal a year. This device will monitor how much energy your household appliances are consuming at any time. Meetings routinely consume at least 20 hours of his time a week. →  See also time-consuming
to buy goods or services: The shift toward an increasingly cashless society has changed the way we consume goods.
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