Antonyms of verb consume

1 of 6 senses of consume

Sense 2
consume, ingest, take in, take, have -- (serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee")
       Antonym of abstain (Sense 2)
      => abstain, refrain, desist -- (choose not to consume; "I abstain from alcohol")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb consume

6 senses of consume

Sense 1
devour, down, consume, go through -- (eat immoderately; "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal")
       => eat -- (take in solid food; "She was eating a banana"; "What did you eat for dinner last night?")

Sense 2
consume, ingest, take in, take, have -- (serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee")

Sense 3
consume, squander, waste, ware -- (spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not")
       => spend, expend, drop -- (pay out; "spend money")

Sense 4
consume -- (destroy completely; "The fire consumed the building")
       => destroy, ruin -- (destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up")

Sense 5
consume, eat up, use up, eat, deplete, exhaust, run through, wipe out -- (use up (resources or materials); "this car consumes a lot of gas"; "We exhausted our savings"; "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week")
       => spend, expend, drop -- (pay out; "spend money")

Sense 6
consume -- (engage fully; "The effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy")
       => absorb, engross, engage, occupy -- (consume all of one's attention or time; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely")

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