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.
- con·sum·er·ship, noun
- an·ti·con·sum·er, noun, adjective
- non·con·sum·er, adjective, noun
- pre·con·sum·er, noun
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How to use consumer in a sentence
Adding TikTok would not only improve Microsoft’s social media reach with Gen Zers, but it would help the company make a bigger consumer play in the years to come.‘Deal of a decade’: How buying TikTok could transform Microsoft | Lance Lambert | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
Legislators questioned whether Apple is abusing its status as gatekeeper to the App Store and harming consumers at a recent Congressional hearing.Why Apple let WordPress walk but continues to fight Fortnite’s Epic Games | rhhackettfortune | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
TikTok, under ex-Disney honcho Kevin Mayer, already is set up to run as an independent business, so Oracle’s lack of consumer experience doesn’t matter.Why it makes sense for Oracle to buy TikTok. Sort of. | Adam Lashinsky | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
Domestically, it’s expanding into consumer and technology services.Billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Group files for IPO looking to smash an all-time record | Bernhard Warner | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
I should use the term “customer,” but given my experience in music, I tend to refer to consumers as fans, and I choose to treat them as such.OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder on launching a hemp-infused sparkling water brand | Rachel King | August 24, 2020 | Fortune
Through his company, consumers will be able to cheaply make custom DNA strands, including what Heinz calls “creatures.”
Defenders of the status quo claim the old rules protect consumers.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB? | Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At that point, the Library of Congress can once again decide to prohibit consumers from unlocking their cell phones.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive | Ben Jacobs | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Consumers are also gaining the ability to take the designs into their own hands as 3D printing becomes more accessible.
When companies faced competition, Klein knew, consumers would have options.
To the great advantage of all consumers, and to the glory of Russian music, the proposal came to nothing.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
That we are consumers and non-producers—that we contribute nothing to the general progress of man.
Now you see, Wes, the late Caesars were pretty good consumers of everything but petroleum, we having that edge on them.
Consumers stood gray and inconspicuous behind the two rows of uniformed men, silent, unsmiling, like onlookers at an accident.
Urged by a delegation of music-loving consumers, the tubist raised his ravaged horn.
British Dictionary definitions for consumer
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Scientific definitions for consumer
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.
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Cultural definitions for consumer
Someone who purchases a good for personal use.
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