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con*sume (verb) con*sumed; con*sum*ing [Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French consumer, from Latin consumere, from com- + sumere to take up, take, from sub- up + emere to take -- more at SUB-, REDEEM] verb transitive First appeared 14th Century 1 : to do away with completely : DESTROY 2 a : to spend wastefully : SQUANDER b : USE UP 3 : to eat or drink esp. in great quantity 4 : to engage fully : ENGROSS verb intransitive 1 : to waste or burn away : PERISH 2 : to utilize economic goods 3 : choke on everything


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