client

noun
cli·​ent | \ ˈklī-ənt \

Definition of client 

1 : one that is under the protection of another : dependent a first-rate power, able to defend her political clients in central and eastern Europe— W. W. Kulski
2a : a person who engages the professional advice or services of another a lawyer's clients a personal trainer … enjoyed the challenges of helping clients buff up their bodies.— S. K. Parks
b : customer hotel clients a restaurant's clients
c : a person served by or utilizing the services of a social agency a welfare client
d : a computer in a network that uses the services (such as access to files or shared peripherals) provided by a server also : software that allows a computer to function as a client in a network

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Other Words from client

clientage \ ˈklī-​ən-​tij \ noun
cliental \ klī-​ˈen-​tᵊl , ˈklī-​ən-​ \ adjective
clientless \ ˈklī-​ənt-​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms for client

Synonyms

account, customer, guest, patron, punter [chiefly British]

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Examples of client in a Sentence

The accountant is meeting with another client right now, but she'll be able to see you later this afternoon. a law firm soliciting new clients through television advertising

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And this time, the company’s client is none other than NASA. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Small satellite launcher Rocket Lab is poised to send up its first batch of spacecraft for NASA," 12 Dec. 2018 Her entrepreneurial origin is littered with stories about hustling on weekends and doing weddings at cost, all just to break into a new client base or to win over a reputable venue. Josh Snider, Popular Mechanics, "The Ferocious Cooking of Fig and Pig," 7 Dec. 2018 Rebag says the program gives clients the chance to refresh their closets on the regular...and eliminate that dreaded feeling of buyer’s remorse, for good. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "This Website Will Let You Buy a Birkin, and Then Swap It For a New One 3 Months Later," 11 Oct. 2018 The enterprise edition used by G Suite clients will not be affected by the change. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google is shutting down Google+ after it exposed user data and neglected to tell anyone," 8 Oct. 2018 Among the companies on Alvarez’s long client list: Motorola, Comcast, Ford, Uber, American Airlines, United HealthCare, ComEd, Verizon and several real estate developers, including Sterling Bay and Related Midwest. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Who is in Asia with Emanuel? Campaign donors, lobbyists, developers, business heavyweights," 13 July 2018 His nonfeasance included not filing critical pleadings, not attending hearings, not forwarding files to successor counsel, not refunding unearned fees and not responding to client inquiries. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee lawyer disbarred on 38 counts of misconduct," 13 July 2018 The firm’s biggest client is a company controlled by Viktor Vekselberg; Vekselberg does not control the firm itself. New York Times, "Corrections: July 14, 2018," 13 July 2018 For their part, Drive.ai and May Mobility have focused on building partnerships with local governments, large commercial landlords, and other clients who might operate shuttle services today. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s ambitious plans for high-speed taxis could be holding it back," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of client

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for client

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French client, from Latin client-, cliens; perhaps akin to Latin clinare to lean — more at lean

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The first known use of client was in the 14th century

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client

noun

English Language Learners Definition of client

: a person who pays a professional person or organization for services

: a customer in a shop or hotel

computers : a computer in a network that uses the services provided by a server

client

noun
cli·​ent | \ ˈklī-ənt \

Kids Definition of client

: a person who uses the professional advice or services of another

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