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I think the following definitions are just special cases of use up, so I removed them:

  1. To eat.
    • Baby birds consume their own weight in food each day.
  2. To burn.
    • The fire consumed thousands of acres of forest.

If someone wants to move them back, please provide better explanations of examples that make clear there is a real difference to the first definition. henne 16:18, 23 November 2006 (UTC)