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"consume" in British English

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consumeverb [T]

uk   /kənˈsjuːm/  us   /-ˈsuːm/
  • consume verb [T] (USE RESOURCE)

C1 to use ​fuel, ​energy, or ​time, ​especially in ​largeamounts: Our high ​livingstandardscauseourcurrentpopulation to consume 25 ​percent of the world's ​oil.B2 formal to ​eat or ​drink, ​especially a lot of something: He consumes ​hugeamounts of ​bread with every ​meal.

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  • consume verb [T] (DESTROY)

If a ​fire consumes something, it ​destroys it ​completely.be consumed by/with sth C2 to have so much of a ​feeling that it ​affects everything you do: He was consumed with ​jealousy. As a ​teenager, I was consumed by ​passion for the ​boy next ​door.
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(Definition of consume from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"consume" in American English

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consumeverb [T]

 us   /kənˈsum/
to use ​fuel, ​energy, or ​time, esp. in ​largeamounts: Weekend ​shoppingchores consumed much of her ​time. To consume is also to ​eat or ​drink: They consume a lot of ​candy. If a ​fire consumes something, it ​destroys it ​completely: Fire had consumed the ​wholebuilding. Someone can be said to be consumed by/with a ​feeling if that ​feeling is ​extremelystrong: We were consumed with ​joy and ​relief, as well as ​profoundgratitude.
(Definition of consume from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"consume" in Business English

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consumeverb [T]

uk   /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 ​householdappliances are consuming at any ​time. Meetings ​routinely consume at least 20 ​hours of his ​time a week.
to ​buygoods or ​services: The ​shift toward an ​increasinglycashlesssociety has ​changed the way we consume ​goods.
(Definition of consume from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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