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English verb: consume

1. consume (consumption) eat immoderately

SamplesSome people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal.

ExamplesThey consume more bread

Synonymsdevour, down, go through

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)eat

2. consume (consumption) serve oneself to, or consume regularly

SamplesHave another bowl of chicken soup!.
I don't take sugar in my coffee.

Synonymshave, ingest, take, take in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)booze, cannibalise, cannibalize, do drugs, drink, drink, drug, eat, eat, eat, feed, fill, fuddle, get down, habituate, hit, imbibe, partake, replete, sample, sate, satiate, smoke, sop up, suck in, sup, swallow, take in, take up, taste, touch, try, try out, use

Antonymsdesist, abstain, refrain

3. consume (consumption) spend extravagantly

SamplesWaste not, want not.

Synonymssquander, ware, waste

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)drop, expend, spend

Narrower (hyponym)dissipate, fling, fool, fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, lavish, luxuriate, overspend, shoot, shower, splurge, wanton

4. consume (contact) destroy completely

SamplesThe fire consumed the building.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)destroy, ruin

5. consume (consumption) use up (resources or materials)

SamplesThis car consumes a lot of gas.
We exhausted our savings.
They run through 20 bottles of wine a week.

Synonymsdeplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)drop, expend, spend

Narrower (hyponym)burn, burn off, burn up, drain, exhaust, indulge, luxuriate, play out, run down, run out, sap, spend, tire

Verb groupoccupy, take, use up

6. consume (cognition) engage fully

SamplesThe effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)absorb, engage, engross, occupy

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