absume

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin absūmere, present active infinitive of absūmō (diminish); formed from ab (from, away from) + sūmō (take).[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

absume (third-person singular simple present absumes, present participle absuming, simple past and past participle absumed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To consume gradually; to waste away. [Attested from the late 16th century until the mid 18th century.][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ISBN 0-87779-101-5), page 8
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 10

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

absūme

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of absūmō