- 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 consumers
Through his company, consumers will be able to cheaply make custom DNA strands, including what Heinz calls “creatures.”Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
Consumers are also gaining the ability to take the designs into their own hands as 3D printing becomes more accessible.What, and Who, You'll Be Wearing in 2015
December 27, 2014
When companies faced competition, Klein knew, consumers would have options.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
For decades, consumers generally only cared about taste and price.The Science of Ingredient Innovation
December 15, 2014
But as consumers grew up, Abercrombie—much like its Botox-addicted CEO—refused to age with them.Abercrombie & Ditch: The Fall of the House of Tween
December 10, 2014
They will seek other occupations, and be consumers rather than producers of meats.
In the last resort the right to control is with the consumers.
The trouble with the consumers of publicity is that they are not skilled.
It is therefore to consumers nearer at hand that the country must look.Impressions of South Africa
The animals which feed on the producers, or on other animals, are the consumers.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
Word Origin and History for consumers
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.