consumer - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    economics someone who buys and uses goods and services. The expression the consumer is often used for referring to consumers as a group

    He has always shown a shrewd understanding of what consumers want.

    more choice for the consumer

    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to consumers
      consumer groups (=organizations that protect consumers):

      The change has been criticized by consumer groups.

  2. 2
    biology a living thing that feeds on other living things in the food chain. A living thing such as a plant that can make its own food is called a producer.