consume

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French consumer, from Latin consumere.

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consume (third-person singular simple present consumes, present participle consuming, simple past and past participle consumed)

  1. (transitive) To use.
    The power plant consumes 30 tons of coal per hour.
  2. (transitive) To eat.
    Baby birds consume their own weight in food each day.
  3. (transitive) To completely occupy the thoughts or attention of.
    Desire consumed him.
  4. (transitive) To destroy completely.
    The building was consumed by fire.
    • Shakespeare
      If he were putting to my house the brand / That shall consume it.
    • Bible, Matthew vi. 20
      Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To waste away slowly.
    • Shakespeare
      Therefore, let Benedick, like cover'd fire, / Consume away in sighs.
    • 1899, Kate Chopin, The Awakening:
      He assured her the child was consuming at that moment in the next room.

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French[edit]

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consume

  1. first-person singular present indicative of consumer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of consumer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of consumer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of consumer
  5. second-person singular imperative of consumer

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Galician[edit]

Verb[edit]

consume

  1. second-person singular imperative of consumir

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

cōnsūme

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of cōnsūmō

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

consume

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of consumar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of consumar
  3. first-person singular imperative of consumar
  4. third-person singular imperative of consumar

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

consume

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of consumir.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of consumir.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of consumir.

Verb[edit]

consume

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of consumar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of consumar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of consumar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of consumar.