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consumer

[kuh n-soo-mer] /kənˈsu mər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that consumes.
2.
Economics. a person or organization that uses a commodity or service.
3.
Ecology. an organism, usually an animal, that feeds on plants or other animals.
Origin
1375-1425
1375-1425 for earlier sense “squanderer,” 1525-35 for current senses; Middle English; see consume, -er1
Related forms
consumership, noun
anticonsumer, noun, adjective
nonconsumer, adjective, noun
preconsumer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for consumer-ship

consumer

/kənˈsjuːmə/
noun
1.
a person who acquires goods and services for his or her own personal needs Compare producer (sense 6)
2.
a person or thing that consumes
3.
(usually pl) (ecology) an organism, esp an animal, within a community that feeds upon plants or other animals See also decomposer, producer (sense 8)
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Word Origin and History for consumer-ship

consumer

n.

early 15c., "one who squanders or wastes," agent noun from consume. In economic sense, "one who uses up goods or articles" (opposite of producer) from 1745. Consumer goods is attested from 1890. In U.S., consumer price index calculated since 1919, tracking "changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services" [Bureau of Labor Statistics]; abbreviation CPI is attested by 1971.

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consumer-ship in Science
consumer
  (kən-s'mər)   
A heterotrophic organism that feeds on other organisms in a food chain. ◇ Herbivores that feed on green plants and detritivores that feed on decaying matter are called primary consumers. Carnivores that feed on herbivores or detritivores are called secondary consumers, while those that feed on other carnivores are called tertiary consumers. Compare producer.
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consumer-ship in Culture

consumer definition


Someone who purchases a good for personal use.

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