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Con*sume" (kŏn*s&ū;m"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Consumed (kŏn*s&ū;md"); p. pr. & vb. n. Consuming.] [L. consumere to take wholly or completely, to consume; con- + sumere to take; sub + emere to buy. See Redeem.] To destroy, as by decomposition, dissipation, waste, or fire; to use up; to expend; to waste; to burn up; to eat up; to devour.
If he were putting to my house the brand Shak.
That shall consume it.
Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume. Matt. vi. 20 (Rev. Ver.).
Let me alone . . . that I may consume them. Ex. xxxii. 10.
Syn. -- To destroy; swallow up; ingulf; absorb; waste; exhaust; spend; expend; squander; lavish; dissipate.
Con*sume" (kŏn*s&ū;m"), v. i. To waste away slowly.
Therefore, let Benedick, like covered fire, Shak.
Consume away in sighs.