consumer

noun, often attributive
con·​sum·​er | \ kən-ˈsü-mər \

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

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Other Words from consumer

consumership \ kən-​ˈsü-​mər-​ˌship \ noun

Examples of consumer in a Sentence

Many consumers are still not comfortable making purchases on the Internet.

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Retailers and other companies catering to Chinese consumers face signs of weakness among the country’s growing middle class. Theo Francis, WSJ, "How Bad Is the China Slowdown? U.S. Companies Offer Some Answers," 11 Feb. 2019 Such tariffs are generally paid by U.S. importers, not foreign countries or companies, and the costs are often passed on to consumers. Eric Tucker, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s untruths on Russia probe, wall, jobs," 6 Feb. 2019 The color options make DryZzz appealing to consumers of all ages. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "DryZzz Allows You To Sleep With Wet Hair Without The Damp Pillowcase," 30 Jan. 2019 Over 70 percent of consumers ages 15 to 20 are willing to pay more for products and services that come from companies committed to positive social and environmental impact. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How Gen Z and Millennials Are Totally Different," 17 Jan. 2019 The practice was unfamiliar to consumers, but now it will likely be associated with Burberry for a while. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Again, nothing fancy here: Sony just put its head down and made a product that is technically proficient and presents immediately obvious benefits to consumers. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Intel struggled to get its glasses out of the lab and on a path to actually becoming available to consumers. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "North has acquired the patents and tech behind Intel’s Vaunt AR glasses," 17 Dec. 2018 Finally, Button believes the eco-friendly angle increasingly appeals to consumers. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over," 21 Nov. 2018

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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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consumer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of consumer

: a person who buys goods and services

consumer

noun
con·​sum·​er | \ kən-ˈsü-mər \

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

consumer

noun
con·​sum·​er

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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