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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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