consumer

[kuhn-soo-mer]
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 for earlier sense “squanderer,” 1525–35 for current senses; Middle English; see consume, -er1

consumership, noun
anticonsumer, noun, adjective
nonconsumer, adjective, noun
preconsumer, noun
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consumer (kənˈsjuːmə)
 
n
1.  Compare producer a person who acquires goods and services for his or her own personal needs
2.  a person or thing that consumes
3.  (usually plural) ecology decomposer See also producer an organism, esp an animal, within a community that feeds upon plants or other animals

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consumer
1530s, "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   (kən-s'mər)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Cultural Dictionary

consumer definition


Someone who purchases a good for personal use.

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Example sentences
Consumers have thousands of choices, and all the price tags vary.
It is claimed that consumers are being manipulated by big corporations and
  their brands.
Students will check their maps later by surveying the travel behavior of other
  consumers.
Of course, willing consumers were essential to his success.
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