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English noun: consumption

1. consumption (act) the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)


Synonymsingestion, intake, uptake


Broader (hypernym)activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process


Narrower (hyponym)deglutition, drink, drinking, eating, feeding, imbibing, imbibition, suck, sucking, suction, swallow

2. consumption (state) involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body


Synonymsphthisis, pulmonary tuberculosis, wasting disease, white plague


Broader (hypernym)T.B., TB, tuberculosis

3. consumption (process) (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing


SamplesThe consumption of energy has increased steadily.


Synonymseconomic consumption, usance, use, use of goods and services


Broader (hypernym)demand


Narrower (hyponym)conspicuous consumption


Domain categoryeconomic science, economics, political economy

4. consumption (act) the act of consuming something


Synonymsexpenditure, using up


Broader (hypernym)depletion


Narrower (hyponym)burnup









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