noun, often attributive
con·​sum·​er | \ kən-ˈsü-mər How to pronounce consumer (audio) \

Definition of consumer

: one that consumes: such as
a : one that utilizes economic goods Many consumers make purchases on the Internet.
b : an organism requiring complex organic compounds for food which it obtains by preying on other organisms or by eating particles of organic matter — compare producer sense 3

Other Words from consumer

consumership \ kən-​ˈsü-​mər-​ˌship How to pronounce consumer (audio) \ noun

Examples of consumer in a Sentence

Many consumers are still not comfortable making purchases on the Internet.
Recent Examples on the Web Talkspace on Tuesday reported its Q1 results, which showed, well, not very much beyond being able to to cut ad spending without totally annihilating its direct-to-consumer business. Mohana Ravindranath, STAT, 9 May 2022 Saatva, the direct-to-consumer brand known for making luxury mattresses at more affordable price points, just announced its Memorial Day 2022 sale. Heath Owens, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2022 That pivot can be very seamless when your media is bought in a direct-to-consumer fashion. Rob Fallon, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Fast fashion is a business model designed to make trendy clothing available to the consumer at low prices. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 5 May 2022 The company also boosted its 2024 direct-to-consumer revenue goal from $6 billion to $9 billion. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2022 Go beyond direct-to-consumer and partner with restaurants? Rachel King, Fortune, 1 May 2022 The latest entry to the sports streaming marketplace is ESPN+, the sports broadcaster’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 28 Apr. 2022 As such, a Member Agency choosing this compliance path also must submit to Metropolitan an enforcement plan with real consequences to the consumer or end user for failing to abide by the one-day-per-week restriction or ban on outdoor water use. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of consumer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for consumer

see consume

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13 May 2022

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“Consumer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for consumer


con·​sum·​er | \ kən-ˈsü-mər How to pronounce consumer (audio) \

Kids Definition of consumer

1 : a person who buys and uses up goods
2 : a living thing that must eat other organisms to obtain energy necessary for life



Legal Definition of consumer

: one that utilizes economic goods specifically : an individual who purchases goods for personal use as distinguished from commercial use


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