consumption - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. 1
    the use of something such as fuel or energy, or the amount that people use

    The government is determined to reduce the UK’s total energy consumption.

    Many newer cars have a much lower fuel consumption.

    1. a.
      the process of buying or using goods, or the amount that people buy or use

      When national income rises, so does consumption.

  2. 2
    formal the process of eating, drinking, or smoking something
    fit/unfit for human consumption:

    Most of the meat was unfit for human consumption.

    1. a.
      the amount that someone eats, drinks, or smokes

      Most people need to increase their daily consumption of fruit and vegetables.