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con·sum·er

 (kən-so͞o′mər)
n.
1. One that consumes, especially one that acquires goods or services for direct use or ownership rather than for resale or use in production and manufacturing.
2. Ecology A heterotrophic organism that ingests other organisms or organic matter in a food chain.

con·sum′er·ship′ n.

consumer

(kənˈsjuːmə)
n
1. (Economics) a person who acquires goods and services for his or her own personal needs. Compare producer6
2. a person or thing that consumes
3. (Environmental Science) (usually plural) ecology an organism, esp an animal, within a community that feeds upon plants or other animals. See also decomposer, producer8

con•sum•er

(kənˈsu mər)

n.
1. a person or thing that consumes.
2. a person or organization that purchases or uses a commodity or service.
3. Ecol.an organism, usu. an animal, that feeds on plants or other animals.
[1400–50]
con•sum′er•ship`, n.

con·sum·er

(kən-so͞o′mər)
An organism that feeds on other organisms in a food chain. ♦ Herbivores that feed on green plants in a food chain are called primary consumers, and carnivores that feed on herbivores are , secondary consumers. Carnivores that feed on other carnivores are called , tertiary consumers. Compare producer.

consumer

Person or agency that uses information or intelligence produced by either its own staff or other agencies.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.consumer - a person who uses goods or servicesconsumer - a person who uses goods or services
chewer - someone who chews (especially someone who chews tobacco)
concert-goer, music lover - someone who attends concerts
customer, client - someone who pays for goods or services
imbiber, juicer, toper, drinker - a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)
drinker - a person who drinks liquids
eater, feeder - someone who consumes food for nourishment
prodigal, squanderer, profligate - a recklessly extravagant consumer
smoker, tobacco user - a person who smokes tobacco
snuff user, snuffer - a person who uses snuff
user - a person who makes use of a thing; someone who uses or employs something

consumer

noun buyer, customer, user, shopper, purchaser If consumers demand more of a product then more of it will be supplied.
Quotations
"The consumer, so it is said, is the king ... each is a voter who uses his money as votes to get the things done that he wants done" [Paul A. Samuelson Economics]
"Every man is a consumer, and ought to be a producer ... He is by constitution expensive, and needs to be rich" [Ralph Waldo Emerson Wealth]

consumer

noun
One who consumes goods and services:
Translations
spotřebitel
forbruger
kuluttaja
potrošač
fogyasztó
neytandi
消費者
소비자
porabnik
konsument
ผู้บริโภค
người tiêu dùng

consumer

[kənˈsjuːməʳ]
A. Nconsumidor(a) m/f
the consumerel consumidor
B. CPD consumer behaviour, consumer behavior (US) Ncomportamiento m del consumidor
consumer choice Nlibertad f del consumidor para elegir
consumer credit Ncrédito m al consumidor
consumer demand Ndemanda f de consumo
consumer durables NPLbienes mpl (de consumo) duraderos
consumer goods NPLbienes mpl de consumo
consumer price index Níndice m de precios al consumo
consumer product Nproducto m al consumidor
consumer protection Nprotección f del consumidor
consumer research Nestudios mpl de mercado
consumer resistance Nresistencia f por parte del consumidor
consumer rights NPLderechos mpl del consumidor
the consumer society Nla sociedad de consumo
consumer survey Nencuesta f sobre consumo
see also product A1

consumer

[kənˈsjuːmər] n (= person) [product, service] → consommateur/trice m/f; [electricity, gas] → usager/ère m/fconsumer choice nchoix m offert aux consommateursconsumer confidence nconfiance f des consommateursconsumer durables [kənˌsjuːmərˈdjʊərəbəlz] nplbiens mpl de consommation durablesconsumer goods nplbiens mpl de consommationconsumer group nassociation f de consommateurs

consumer

nVerbraucher(in) m(f), → Konsument(in) m(f) (form)

consumer

in cpdsVerbraucher-;
consumer advice centre
consumer credit
nVerbraucherkredit m
consumer demand
n (→ konsumptive (spec)) → Nachfrage
consumer durables
pl(langlebige) Gebrauchsgüter pl
consumer goods
plKonsumgüter pl
consumer group
nVerbrauchergruppe f

consumer

:
consumer prices
plVerbraucherpreise f
consumer protection
consumer research
nVerbraucherbefragung f
consumer resistance
nKaufunlust f
Consumers’ Association
n (Brit) britischer Verbraucherverband
consumer society

consumer

[kənˈsjuːməʳ] nconsumatore/trice; (of electricity, gas) → utente m/f

consume

(kənˈsjuːm) verb
1. to eat or drink. He consumes a huge amount of food.
2. to use. How much electricity do you consume per month?
3. to destroy, eg by fire. The entire building was consumed by fire.
conˈsumer noun
a person who eats, uses, buys things etc. The average consumer spends 12 dollars per year on toothpaste.
consumption (kənˈsampʃən) noun
1. the act of consuming. The consumption of coffee has increased.
2. an old word for tuberculosis of the lungs.
consumer goods
goods which can be used immediately to satisfy human needs, eg clothing, food, TV sets etc.

consumer

مُسْتَهْلِك spotřebitel forbruger Verbraucher καταναλωτής consumidor kuluttaja consommateur potrošač consumatore 消費者 소비자 consument forbruker konsument consumidor потребитель konsument ผู้บริโภค tüketici người tiêu dùng 消费者
References in classic literature ?
It was true that some land was cultivated on the further slope, some mills erected and lumber furnished from the inexhaustible forest; but the consumers were the inhabitants themselves, who paid for their produce in borrowed capital or unlimited credit.
A great part of these duties must be paid by the inhabitants of the two other States in the capacity of consumers of what we import.
As long as agriculture continues the sole field of labor, the importation of manufactures must increase as the consumers multiply.
Rolliver's inn, the single alehouse at this end of the long and broken village, could only boast of an off-licence; hence, as nobody could legally drink on the premises, the amount of overt accommodation for consumers was strictly limited to a little board about six inches wide and two yards long, fixed to the garden palings by pieces of wire, so as to form a ledge.
A FARMER, an Artisan, and a Labourer went to the King of their country and complained that they were compelled to support a large standing army of mere consumers, who did nothing for their keep.
By this system of taxation, each individual tax-payer pays less in reality, while the State receives more, and consumers profit by a vast reduction in the price of things which the State releases from its perpetual and harassing interference.
The workers in each of these families were at once producers and consumers.
Little Jones went one day a shooting with the gamekeeper; when happening to spring a covey of partridges near the border of that manor over which Fortune, to fulfil the wise purposes of Nature, had planted one of the game consumers, the birds flew into it, and were marked (as it is called) by the two sportsmen, in some furze bushes, about two or three hundred paces beyond Mr Allworthy's dominions.
Skilled diggers might yet make a fortune in the churchyards of the Vale, by carefully washing the dust of the consumers of Angel's gingerbread.
They sat down to the meal; and broiled ham, eggs, tea, coffee and sundries, began to disappear with a rapidity which at once bore testimony to the excellence of the fare, and the appetites of its consumers.
In those days the Standard Oil Company did not deliver oil to the consumer in big wagons and motor trucks as it does now, but delivered instead to retail grocers, hardware stores, and the like.
Commerce is not turbulent, nor is the public consumer besieged by loud invitations to "buy.

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