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"consume" in British English

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consumeverb [T]

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

C1 to use fuel, energy, or time, especially in large amounts: Our high living standards cause our current population to consume 25 percent of the world's oil.
B2 formal to eat or drink, especially a lot of something: He consumes huge amounts of bread with every meal.

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(Definition of consume from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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consumeverb [T]

 us   /kənˈsum/
to use fuel, energy, or time, esp. in large amounts: Weekend shopping chores 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 whole building.
Someone can be said to be consumed by/with a feeling if that feeling is extremely strong: We were consumed with joy and relief, as well as profound gratitude.
(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 household appliances are consuming at any time. Meetings routinely consume at least 20 hours of his time a week.
to buy goods or services: The shift toward an increasingly cashless society has changed the way we consume goods.
(Definition of consume from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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