consumption

consumption
noun (U)
1 AMOUNT OF STH USED the amount of oil, electricity etc that is used: Fuel consumption has risen dramatically in the last few years.
2 EATING/DRINKING formal the act of eating or drinking: The consumption of alcohol was forbidden according to their religion. | fit/unfit for human consumption (=safe or not safe for people to eat): The meat was declared unfit for human consumption.
3 BUYING the act of buying and using products: The consumption of luxury goods is governed by psychological values like social prestige. | conspicuous consumption (=buying expensive goods in order to show other people how rich you are)
4 AMOUNT OF FOOD/DRINK the amount of food or drink that is eaten or drunk: Patients are advised to cut down on their consumption of alcohol.
5 ILLNESS a word used in the past for the lung disease tuberculosis
6 for sb's consumption if a piece of information or remark is for a particular person or group's consumption, it is intended to be heard or read by them: secret policy documents that are not for public consumption

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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