CONSUME, verb transitive [Latin , to take. So in English we say, it takes up time, that is, it consumes time.]
1. To destroy, by separating the parts of a thing, by decomposition, as by fire, or eating, devouring, and annihilating the form of a substance. Fire consumes wood, coal, stubble; animals consume flesh and vegetables.
2. To destroy by dissipating or by use; to expend; to waste; to squander; as, to consume an estate.
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. James 4:3.
3. To spend; to cause to pass away, as time; as, to consume the day in idleness.
Their days did he consume in vanity. Psalms 78:33.
4. To cause to disappear; to waste slowly.
My flesh is consumed away. Job 38:1.
5. To destroy; to bring to utter ruin; to exterminate.
Let me alone-- that I may consume them. Exodus 32:10.
CONSUME, verb intransitive To waste away slowly; to be exhausted.
Their flesh--their eyes--their tongue shall consume away. Zechariah 14:12.
The wicked shall perish--they shall consume Psalms 37:20.