consumer

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

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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 And the $1,400 checks in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic relief plan have sharply lifted consumer spending, according to Bank of America's tracking of its debit and credit cards. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Unemployment claims rise, showing job losses continue amid pandemic," 1 Apr. 2021 And the $1,400 checks in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic relief plan have sharply lifted consumer spending, according to Bank of America's tracking of its debit and credit cards. Paul Wiseman, Star Tribune, "US jobless claims rise to 719K as virus still forces layoffs," 1 Apr. 2021 Commutes and shipping times could be shortened, while public health would be improved and construction jobs would bolster consumer spending. Jonathan Lemire, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Biden announces huge infrastructure plan to ‘win the future’," 1 Apr. 2021 Commutes and shipping times could be shortened, while public health would be improved and construction jobs would bolster consumer spending. BostonGlobe.com, "Eager to build infrastructure, Biden plans to tax business," 31 Mar. 2021 Commutes and shipping times could be shortened, while public health would be improved and construction jobs would bolster consumer spending. Arkansas Online, "Eager to build infrastructure, Biden plans to tax business," 31 Mar. 2021 All told, Harris expects consumer spending to grow 8.4% this year while the economy grows 7%, paving the way for a possible surge in inflation by 2023. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Are you spending or saving your third stimulus check? It could determine the strength of the COVID-19 recovery," 29 Mar. 2021 Fortunes built on physical assets are being overtaken by those fuelled by intellectual capital and consumer spending. The Economist, "A plutocratic makeover Who are India’s newest billionaires?," 27 Mar. 2021 Economists polled by Reuters had forecast consumer spending would decrease 0.7 percent in February and income would decline 7.3 percent. Washington Post, "Consumer spending dropped in February’s cold weather, but is expected to rebound," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of consumer was in the 15th century

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7 Apr 2021

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“Consumer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consumer. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for consumer

consumer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of consumer

: a person who buys goods and services

consumer

noun
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

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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