[ kuhn-soo-mer ]
/ kənˈsu mər /
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.
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Origin of consumer
OTHER WORDS FROM consumercon·sum·er·ship, nounan·ti·con·sum·er, noun, adjectivenon·con·sum·er, adjective, nounpre·con·sum·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for consumer
/ (kənˈsjuːmə) /
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Scientific definitions for consumer
[ kən-sōō′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.
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Cultural definitions for consumer
Someone who purchases a good for personal use.
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