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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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