consume · verb T /kənˈsuːm/Full view
consume (EAT OR DRINK)
B2 to eat or drink something
Dictionary example:

People generally consume far too much sugar.

Learner example:

People who eat fresh vegetables and meat tend to have good digestion and tend to consume less salt. (First Certificate in English; B2; Spanish)

consume (USE RESOURCE)
C1 to use fuel, energy or time, especially in large amounts
Dictionary example:

Our high living standards cause our present population to consume 25 percent of the world's oil.

Learner example:

It did consume a lot of time, but it was very rewarding. (Certificate in Advanced English; C1; Russian)

be consumed by/with sth
C2 to have so much of a feeling that it affects everything you do
Dictionary examples:

a dancer consumed by ambition

He was consumed with jealousy.

Learner example:

Therefore, we find ourselves unable to enjoy a pleasant meal without being consumed by the deepest guilt. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; Spanish)

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