What does the word consume mean?

Usage examples for consume

  1. And the fire that shall consume her, spare not your houses!" – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  2. Nothing now remained but to consume the flesh and bones; and for this purpose the fire was brightly stirred until two hours after midnight; when a coarse and heavy back- wall, composed of rock and clay, covered the fire and the remains of George. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society