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Definition of "consumption" []

  • The act or process of consuming. (noun)
  • The state of being consumed. (noun)
  • An amount consumed. (noun)
  • Economics The using up of goods and services by consumer purchasing or in the production of other goods. (noun)
  • Pathology A progressive wasting of body tissue. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "consumption" in a sentence
  • "Double, treble if you will, the present consumption of France, and _you will still find that a very small portion of her soil will suffice for this consumption_."
  • "Lima, Peru, on the other hand, has its raw sewage flowing directly into the Pacific Ocean, along with other run-off, and the dead-zone there has become so large as to have cost effects on the local fishing industry (percentage of dietary protein consumption is falling etc.)."
  • "Fisher vigorously opposed using the term consumption which he equated with destructive acts."