consumer


consumer
consumer con‧sum‧er [kənˈsjuːmə ǁ -ˈsuːmər] noun [countable]
1. MARKETING a person who buys goods, products, and services for their own use, not for business use or to resell:

• Demand for autos is increasing as consumers feel more confident about the economy.

• Oil price rises will be passed on to the consumer (= consumers in general ) in higher costs.

• research on consumer behaviour

ˌultimate conˈsumer also ˌend conˈsumer MARKETING
the person who buys and uses a product after it has passed through all the stages of production; =end-user; ultimate customer:

• Under the Act, an ultimate consumer can claim against the producer of a defective product.

2. ECONOMICS a person, organization, industry, or country that uses products, services, energy, or natural materials:

• South Africa is one the world's major coal producers and a significant coal consumer.

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consumer UK US /kənˈsjuːmər/ noun [C]
COMMERCE a person who buys goods or services for their own use: »

The new telephone rates will affect all consumers.

the consumer »

The extra costs of production will be passed on to the consumer.

average/individual, etc. consumer »

These changes will not affect the average consumer.

consumer rights/needs/preferences »

This article examines easy ways of researching consumer preferences with regard to various product types.

a person, organization, country, etc., that uses something, especially fuel, energy, etc.: large/great, etc. consumer of sth »

The United States is currently the world's largest consumer of energy.

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The French rank among the world's most discriminating consumers of chocolate.

household/industrial consumers »

an energy-efficient program for low-income household consumers

See also DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER(Cf. ↑direct-to-consumer), END CONSUMER(Cf. ↑end consumer)
See Note CUSTOMER(Cf. ↑customer)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • consumer — con·sum·er n: one that utilizes economic goods; specif: an individual who purchases goods for personal use as distinguished from commercial use Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. consumer …   Law dictionary

  • consumer — [ kɔ̃syme ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • v. 1120; lat. consumere « détruire » → consommer 1 ♦ (XIIe) Littér. Épuiser complètement les forces de (qqn). ⇒ abattre, épuiser, fatiguer, miner, ronger, user. La passion, le chagrin le consume. ♢ (XVIIe) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • consumer — Consumer, et user, Absumere, Consumere, Prodigere. Consumer tout à fait, Abuti. Consumer les biens d autruy, Comedere aliquem. Consumer en frottant, Atterere. Le soing me consume et gaste, Coquit me cura. Consumer et user à force de frotter,… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • consumer — CONSUMER. v. a. Détruire, user, réduire à rien. Le feu consuma tout ce grand édifice en deux heures de temps. La victime fut consumée par le feu. Le temps consume toutes choses. Il consume tout son bien en débauches. Il a consumé son patrimoine.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • consumer — early 15c., one who squanders or wastes, agent noun from CONSUME (Cf. 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Consumer — Con*sum er (k[o^]n*s[=u]m [ e]r), n. 1. One who, or that which, consumes; as, the consumer of food. [1913 Webster] 2. (Econ.) the person or organization that uses some item of commerce or service in its own acitities, as opposed to reselling the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • consumer — CONSUMER. v. a. User, dissiper, destruire, reduire à rien. Le feu consuma tout ce grand édifice en deux heures de temps. la victime fut consumée par le feu. le temps consume toutes choses. il consume tout son bien en desbauches. il a consumé son… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • consumer — /konˈsumər, ingl. kənˈsjuːmə(r)/ [dal v. ingl. to consume «consumare»] A s. m. e f. inv. consumatore B agg. inv. (nel marketing) privato CONTR. business, business to business …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • consumer — [n] person who buys merchandise, services buyer, customer, end user, enjoyer, purchaser, shopper, user; concept 348 Ant. marketer, merchandiser …   New thesaurus


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