Con·sume v. t. [imp. & p. p. Consumed p. pr. & vb. n. Consuming.] To destroy, as by decomposition, dissipation, waste, or fire; to use up; to expend; to waste; to burn up; to eat up; to devour.
If he were putting to my house the brand
That shall consume it. --Shak.
Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume. --Matt. vi. 20 (Rev. Ver.).
Let me alone . . . that I may consume them. --Ex. xxxii. 10.
Syn: -- To destroy; swallow up; ingulf; absorb; waste; exhaust; spend; expend; squander; lavish; dissipate.
Con·sume v. i. To waste away slowly.
Therefore, let Benedick, like covered fire,
Consume away in sighs. --Shak.
v 1: eat immoderately; "Some people can down a pound of meat in
the course of one meal" [syn: devour, down, go
2: serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl
of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee" [syn:
ingest, take in, take, have] [ant: abstain]
3: spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not" [syn: squander,
4: destroy completely; "The fire consumed the building"
5: use up (resources or materials); "this car consumes a lot of
gas"; "We exhausted our savings"; "They run through 20
bottles of wine a week" [syn: eat up, use up, eat, deplete,
exhaust, run through, wipe out]
6: engage fully; "The effort to pass the exam consumed all his