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consumption

noun [U]  /kənˈsʌmp·ʃən/ us  
an amount of something that is used, or the process of using something, esp. so that there is less of it: Consumption of electricity is always higher during the summer months because of air-conditioning. social studies Consumption is the using of goods and services in an economy, or the amount of goods and services used.
Translations of “consumption”
in Korean 소비…
in Arabic اسْتِهْلاك…
in Portuguese consumo…
in Catalan consum…
in Japanese 消費量…
in Italian consumo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使用, 消費量, 消耗量…
in Russian потребление…
in Turkish tüketim, tüketilen miktar, sarf…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使用, 消费量, 消耗量…
in Polish zużycie, spożycie…
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