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American English: /kənˈsum/
British English: /kənˈsjuːm/

Translation of consume in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (eat, drink) [formal] she consumes vast quantities of novels
    devora grandes cantidades de novelas
    Example sentences
    • Anyway, the initial set back apart, the evening was most convivial, beers were consumed, food was ingested and chit was chatted.
    • It's caused by consuming food and drink with high acidity levels.
    • ‘Obviously a lot of extra food and drink is consumed at Christmas time,’ he said.
    Example sentences
    • Scott felt the same feeling of guilt consume him again.
    • Such feelings often consumed the person to evil.
    • However, strange feelings often consumed me that made me wonder if she ever viewed me as something else.
  • 2 (use up)
    Example sentences
    • Each human, particularly each American human, consumes enormous resources.
    • But this puts you back in the exact same trap: the second machine is consuming resources too.
    • American pacification efforts took on many forms and consumed enormous resources during the Vietnam War.
  • 3 (Economics)
    Example sentences
    • But our privacy from the marketplace is always qualified, because as long as we consume goods and services, then to some extent our private pursuits occur within the marketplace.
    • Society cannot survive on the intangible ‘feelgoods’ of ideas and creativity - it needs to consume goods and services produced.
    • Even in a global era, we live locally and consume goods and services at a local level.
  • 4 (destroy)
    reducir a cenizas
    he was consumed by or with jealousy
    lo consumían los celos
    he was consumed by or with envy
    se moría de envidia
    Example sentences
    • New Orleans city officials say the threat of their flooded, ruined city being consumed by fires is worsening by the hour.
    • The money often shared the fate of people and property - consumed by fire, drowned and otherwise destroyed.
    • Now Scotland on Sunday can reveal that the hut that helped fan the flames of devolution has itself been consumed by fire.
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