- a person or thing that consumes.
- Economics. a person or organization that uses a commodity or service.
- Ecology. an organism, usually an animal, that feeds on plants or other animals.
Origin of consumer
Examples from the Web for consumer
She appeared to be just a happy American consumer out shopping at a big-box store.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
Zumbiel Packaging A Kentucky-based manufacturer of paperboard packaging for consumer goods.The 26 Next Hobby Lobbys
December 17, 2014
What tastes great to an American consumer may not be what folks in China or India would choose to eat or drink.The Science of Ingredient Innovation
December 15, 2014
At some point even the seemingly insatiable American consumer is going to have had his fill.Christmas Is the New Subprime
December 9, 2014
In exchange for the increase in sales, the dispensaries pay the service, not the consumer.Days Are Numbered for Nestdrop, LA’s ‘Uber for Weed’
December 6, 2014
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 second has to do with the journey from mill to consumer.The Fabric of Civilization
The same can be said of the margins between the wholesaler and the consumer.Herbert Hoover
The variety has not found favor with either grower or consumer.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
He is an employee of somebody, an employer of somebody, and a consumer.The Ghost in the White House
Gerald Stanley Lee
Word Origin and History for consumer
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.
- 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.