Word: consumption

Context Sentence: Analyses the size and structure of the working class and its consumption patterns, status situation and self-understanding.

Source: Contemporary British Society ---Social Classes

Definition: the act of using energy, food or materials; the amount used

Reference: Advanced learner's English-Chinese Dictionary Page.358

This is a useful academic word for describing patterns in society. Here are some more sentences with the word - each time a different substance is involved.

After four years of the screen romance, consumption of Gold Blend has leapt from two to ten million cups a day. [=coffee]

Consumption of partially cooked meat and cheese made from unpasteurised goats' milk is common in France.

Excess alcohol consumption is associated with premature death, and some 1,100 people are killed on the road in the UK each year as a result of drunken driving.

US consumption of electricity is expected to grow by 46 per cent, and coal, which produces more carbon dioxide than either oil or gas, is expected to continue as the staple fuel for generations.

Average consumption remained stable at 8.8 standard units per week, or the equivalent of four pints of beer.

During the first few months of this year I made extensive fuel consumption checks and my overall mpg is 22.73. (mpg= miles per gallon)