[kuh n-soom] /kənˈsum/

verb (used with object), consumed, consuming.
to destroy or expend by use; use up.
to eat or drink up; devour.
to destroy, as by decomposition or burning:
Fire consumed the forest.
to spend (money, time, etc.) wastefully.
to absorb; engross:
consumed with curiosity.
verb (used without object), consumed, consuming.
to undergo destruction; waste away.
to use or use up .
(transitive) to eat or drink
(transitive; often passive) to engross or obsess
(transitive) to use up; expend: my car consumes little oil
to destroy or be destroyed by burning, decomposition, etc: fire consumed the forest
(transitive) to waste or squander: the time consumed on that project was excessive
(passive) to waste away

late 14c., from Old French consumer “to consume” (12c.) and directly from Latin consumere “to use up, eat, waste,” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + sumere “to take,” from sub- “under” + emere “to buy, take” (see exempt (adj.)).

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