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CONSUMPTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does consumption mean? 

CONSUMPTION (noun)
  The noun CONSUMPTION has 4 senses:

1. the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)
2. involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body
3. (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
4. the act of consuming something

  Familiarity information: CONSUMPTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONSUMPTION (noun)


Sense 1consumption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

consumption; ingestion; intake; uptake

Hypernyms ("consumption" is a kind of...):

activity; bodily function; bodily process; body process (an organic process that takes place in the body)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "consumption"):

eating; feeding (the act of consuming food)

deglutition; drink; swallow (the act of swallowing)

suck; sucking; suction (the act of sucking)

drinking; imbibing; imbibition (the act of consuming liquids)


Sense 2consumption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

phthisis; pulmonary tuberculosis; wasting disease; white plague; consumption

Hypernyms ("consumption" is a kind of...):

T.B.; TB; tuberculosis (infection transmitted by inhalation or ingestion of tubercle bacilli and manifested in fever and small lesions (usually in the lungs but in various other parts of the body in acute stages))


Sense 3consumption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

use of goods and services; economic consumption; usance; consumption; use

Context example:

the consumption of energy has increased steadily

Hypernyms ("consumption" is a kind of...):

demand (the ability and desire to purchase goods and services)

Domain category:

economic science; economics; political economy (the branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "consumption"):

conspicuous consumption (buying expensive services and products in order to flaunt your wealth)


Sense 4consumption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of consuming something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

using up; expenditure; consumption

Hypernyms ("consumption" is a kind of...):

depletion (the act of decreasing something markedly)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "consumption"):

burnup (the amount of fuel used up (as in a nuclear reactor))


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