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Consume, 1) trans. to devour, to destroy, to waste: Sonn. 73, 12. Shr. II, 134. All's V, 3, 38. Wint. II, 3, 134. R2 II, 1, 39. V, 6, 2. R3 I, 1, 140. Troil. II, 2, 5. Cor. IV, 6, 78. Cor. IV, 6, 78 Tit. I, 129. III, 1, 62. Tim. V, 1, 137. V, 4, 71. Caes. II, 2, 49. Per. IV, 1, 24. Absolutely: “thy --ing canker,” H6A II, 4, 71. “--ing sorrow,” Tit. III, 1, 61.
2) refl. to perish, to dwindle: “fair flowers rot and c. themselves in little time,” Ven. 132. “thou --st thyself in single life,” Sonn. 9, 2. “virginity --s itself to the very paring,” All's I, 1, 154.
3) intr. to waste away, to pass away, to perish: “smoke from Aetna, that in air --s,” Lucr. 1042. “c. away in sighs,” Ado III, 1, 78. “c. away in rust,” John IV, 1, 65. “c. to ashes,” H6A V, 4, 92. “fire and powder, which as they kiss c.” Rom. II, 6, 11.
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