consumption

[[t]kənsʌ̱mpʃ(ə)n[/t]]
1) N-UNCOUNT: with supp The consumption of fuel or natural resources is the amount of them that is used or the act of using them.

The laws have led to a reduction in fuel consumption in the US.

...a tax on the consumption of non-renewable energy resources.

2) N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp The consumption of food or drink is the act of eating or drinking something, or the amount that is eaten or drunk. [FORMAL]

Most of the wine was unfit for human consumption...

The average daily consumption of fruit and vegetables is around 200 grams...

Excessive alcohol consumption is clearly bad.

3) N-UNCOUNT Consumption is the act of buying and using things.

They were prepared to put people out of work and reduce consumption by strangling the whole economy...

The production and consumption of goods and services is the ultimate aim of all economic endeavour.

4) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR, PHR after v If you do or say something for a particular person's or group's consumption, you do or say it especially for them, although your private thoughts or plans may be very different.

The hard-line speech appears to be mostly for domestic consumption...

The report was obviously designed for the consumption of members of the War Committee.

5) N-UNCOUNT Consumption is the same as tuberculosis. [OLD-FASHIONED]
6) See also conspicuous consumption

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  • consumption — con‧sump‧tion [kənˈsʌmpʆn] noun [uncountable] 1. COMMERCE ECONOMICS the amount of goods, services, energy, or natural materials used in a particular period of time: • Texas is second only to California in beer consumption. • Cuban households… …   Financial and business terms

  • Consumption — may refer to: Economics Use of final goods by a consumer until disposal Consumption (economics) Consumption function, an economic formula Consumption (ecology) Other Consumption, an archaic name for pulmonary tuberculosis ingestion of food and… …   Wikipedia

  • consumption — I noun confectio, consumptio, decay, decomposition, decrement, depletion, desolation, destruction, devastation, diminishment, diminution, dissipation, exhaustion, expenditure, loss, ravage, ruin, ruination, squandering, usage, use, using up,… …   Law dictionary

  • consumption — Consumption. sub. f. v. Il se dit de certaines choses que l on consume. Il se fait une grande consumption de bois dans cette maison. la victime fut bruslée jusques à son entiere consumption. la consumption des especes sacramentales. Il signifie… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Consumption — Con*sump tion (?; 215), n. [L. consumptio: cf. F. consomption.] 1. The act or process of consuming by use, waste, etc.; decay; destruction. [1913 Webster] Every new advance of the price to the consumer is a new incentive to him to retrench the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • consumption — sectors …   Dictionary of sociology

  • consumption — late 14c., wasting of the body by disease; wasting disease (replacing O.E. yfeladl the evil disease ), from O.Fr. consumpcion, from L. consumptionem (nom. consumptio) a using up, wasting, from consumpt , pp. stem of consumere (see CONSUME (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • consumption — in the meaning ‘a disease causing wasting of the tissues’, has been replaced in the 20c by more specific clinical names, especially by tuberculosis or TB …   Modern English usage

  • consumption — [n] devouring; use burning, consuming, damage, decay, decrease, depletion, desolation, destruction, devastation, diminution, dispersion, dissipation, drinking, eating, exhaustion, expenditure, loss, misuse, ruin, swallowing, using up, utilization …   New thesaurus

  • consumption — ► NOUN 1) the action or process of consuming. 2) an amount consumed. 3) dated a wasting disease, especially tuberculosis. DERIVATIVES consumptive adjective & noun (dated ) …   English terms dictionary

  • consumption — [kən sump′shən] n. [ME consumpcioun < OFr consomption < L consumptio < consumptus, pp. of consumere] 1. a) a consuming or being consumed b) Econ. the using up of goods or services, either by consumers or in the production of other goods… …   English World dictionary

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