consumer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

consume +‎ -er

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Noun[edit]

consumer (plural consumers)

  1. One who, or that which, consumes.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in Internal Combustion[1]:
      But through the oligopoly, charcoal fuel proliferated throughout London's trades and industries. By the 1200s, brewers and bakers, tilemakers, glassblowers, pottery producers, and a range of other craftsmen all became hour-to-hour consumers of charcoal.
  2. (economics) Someone who trades money for goods or services as an individual.
    Antonym: producer
    This new system favours the consumer over the producer.
  3. (by extension) The consumer base of a product, service or business.
    Our consumers are upwardly mobile and middle-class.
  4. (ecology) An organism (heterotroph) that uses other organisms for food in order to gain energy.
    Antonym: producer
    Hyponyms: carnivore, decomposer, detritivore, first-order consumer, herbivore, omnivore, scavenger, second-order consumer

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Further reading[edit]

  • Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg consumer on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • consumer at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • consumer in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • "consumer" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 78.
  • consumer in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin cōnsūmere.

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Verb[edit]

consumer

  1. to consume; to use up
  2. (figuratively) to consume
    Synonym: consommer

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