AskDefine | Define consumption

Dictionary Definition



1 the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating) [syn: ingestion, intake, uptake]
2 involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body [syn: pulmonary tuberculosis, phthisis, wasting disease, white plague]
3 (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily" [syn: economic consumption, usance, use, use of goods and services]
4 the act of consuming something [syn: using up, expenditure]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of consuming something.
    The fire's consumption of the forest caused ecological changes.
  2. The amount consumed.
    gross national consumption
  3. pathology obsolete The wasting-away of the human body through disease, later specifically applied to pulmonary tuberculosis.


the act of consuming something
the amount consumed

Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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