- consumption late 14c., "wasting of the body by disease; wasting disease" (replacing O.E. yfeladl "the evil disease"), from O.Fr. consumpcion, from L. consumptionem (nom. consumptio) "a using up, wasting," from consumpt-, pp. stem of consumere (see CONSUME (Cf. consume)). Meaning "the using up of material" is 1530s.
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consumption — con‧sump‧tion [kənˈsʌmpʆn] noun [uncountable] 1. COMMERCE ECONOMICS the amount of goods, services, energy, or natural materials used in a particular period of time: • Texas is second only to California in beer consumption. • Cuban households… … Financial and business terms
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consumption — Consumption. sub. f. v. Il se dit de certaines choses que l on consume. Il se fait une grande consumption de bois dans cette maison. la victime fut bruslée jusques à son entiere consumption. la consumption des especes sacramentales. Il signifie… … Dictionnaire de l'Académie française
Consumption — Con*sump tion (?; 215), n. [L. consumptio: cf. F. consomption.] 1. The act or process of consuming by use, waste, etc.; decay; destruction. [1913 Webster] Every new advance of the price to the consumer is a new incentive to him to retrench the… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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consumption — in the meaning ‘a disease causing wasting of the tissues’, has been replaced in the 20c by more specific clinical names, especially by tuberculosis or TB … Modern English usage
consumption — [n] devouring; use burning, consuming, damage, decay, decrease, depletion, desolation, destruction, devastation, diminution, dispersion, dissipation, drinking, eating, exhaustion, expenditure, loss, misuse, ruin, swallowing, using up, utilization … New thesaurus
consumption — ► NOUN 1) the action or process of consuming. 2) an amount consumed. 3) dated a wasting disease, especially tuberculosis. DERIVATIVES consumptive adjective & noun (dated ) … English terms dictionary
consumption — [kən sump′shən] n. [ME consumpcioun < OFr consomption < L consumptio < consumptus, pp. of consumere] 1. a) a consuming or being consumed b) Econ. the using up of goods or services, either by consumers or in the production of other goods… … English World dictionary