Consumer



a person or thing that .
Economics. a person or organization that uses a commodity or service.
Ecology. an organism, usually an animal, that feeds on plants or other animals.
Contemporary Examples

A community formed by the unification of consumer and creator; the Met certainly never achieved this.
Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum Daniel Genis October 31, 2014

A consumer society without taste is a horrible thing to behold.
Britain is in No Position to Rule the Waves Noah Kristula-Green March 7, 2012

But as the consumer of these publications, we should be worried, because this system essentially selects for bad data handling.
How Social Scientists, and the Rest of Us, Got Seduced By a Good Story Megan McArdle April 29, 2013

But who is Santa really, and does he embody “the spirit of the Holiday” of consumer Christmas?
How Santa Hurts Christmas Candida Moss December 22, 2013

consumer spending is up, and 40 percent of Americans say the economy will improve over the next year.
12 Reasons Obama Wins in 2012 Mark McKinnon, Myra Adams January 19, 2011

Historical Examples

The consumer unfamiliar with the trade practice commonly has no means of knowing the quality of the product offered.
The Book of Cheese Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

From the jobber they go to the grocer, who delivers them to the consumer.
Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

The consumer bears the burden of the support of an unproducing army of idle men.
Artificial Light M. Luckiesh

The same can be said of the margins between the wholesaler and the consumer.
Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg

The final sale to consumer by retailer is “the one far off divine event” toward which the whole productive process moves.
The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.

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

Someone who purchases a good for personal use.

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