Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bring to an end by a gradual waste; consume; destroy; cause to disappear. Boyle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To consume gradually; to waste away.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin absūmere, present active infinitive of absūmō ("diminish"); formed from ab ("from, away from") + sūmō ("take").

Examples

  • “I plainly discern,” said Solomon, “the alogy of her temper, which makes her appear even worse than bibacious, and will tend to absume all esteem her relatives may desire to feel towards her.

    Lovers and Friends; or, Modern Attachments

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