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To use all or a lot of something - thesaurus

Synonyms

use up

to use all of a supply of something

run out

to use all of something and not have any left

eat into

if an activity or cost eats into your time or money, it uses more of it than you intended

get down to

to have only a few things left to use or deal with

eat up

to use large amounts of your available time or money

finish

verb

to eat, drink, or use all of something so that there is none left

swallow up

to use a lot of something such as money, time, or effort

exhaust

verb

to use all that you have of something

exhaust

verb

to use or consider all the possible ways of doing something

deplete

verb

to reduce the amount of something or the number of things

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More synonyms

absorb

verb

to use or need a lot of something, especially money

drain

verb

to use so much of something such as money or supplies that there is not enough available for other things

fill

verb

if you fill a period of time, you spend it doing something

get through

British to use or finish something

gobble up

to use a lot of something very quickly

go through

to use, spend, or eat all of something, especially quickly

make inroads into/in/on something

to take or use a large part of something

max out

to reach the limit of something, or to use all of a supply of something

not stint on something

to use enough, or more than enough, of something

overdose

verb

informal to eat, drink, read, watch etc too much of anything

overextend

verb

to use more of something than is reasonable or sensible

overrun

verb

British to take more time, space, or money than was intended

run short (of something)

used for saying that you have used almost all of a particular thing and there is not much left

shoot your bolt

to use all your money or energy in doing something

soak up

informal to use a lot of something such as money or time

stretch

verb

to use all the money, supplies, or time available

suck

verb

to take something from something else, especially something that makes it weaker or less successful

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