Pronunciation: (kun-sOOm'), [key]
—v., -sumed, -sum•ing.
1. to destroy or expend by use; use up.
2. to eat or drink up; devour.
3. to destroy, as by decomposition or burning: Fire consumed the forest.
4. to spend (money, time, etc.) wastefully.
5. to absorb; engross: consumed with curiosity.
1. to undergo destruction; waste away.
2. to use or use up consumer goods.
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