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verb [transitive] consume pronunciation in British English /kənˈsjuːm/
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present tense
present participleconsuming
past tenseconsumed
past participleconsumed
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  1. 1
    formal to eat or drink something
    Many people have dramatically reduced the amount of red meat they consume.
  2. 2
    to use a supply of something such as time, energy, or fuel
    The new light bulbs consume less electricity.
  3. 3
    formal to destroy something completely, especially by burning it
    In 1541 a fire consumed most of the town and much of the castle.
  4. 4
    to take all of your attention so that you cannot think of anything else
    be consumed with/by something: I was consumed with curiosity about my new neighbour.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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