noun Usage: often attributive Date: 15th century one that consumes: as a. one that utilizes economic goods b. an organism requiring complex organic compounds for food which it obtains by preying on other organisms or by eating particles of organic matter — compare producer 3 • consumership noun

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  • consumer — [ kɔ̃syme ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • v. 1120; lat. consumere « détruire » → consommer 1 ♦ (XIIe) Littér. Épuiser complètement les forces de (qqn). ⇒ abattre, épuiser, fatiguer, miner, ronger, user. La passion, le chagrin le consume. ♢ (XVIIe) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • consumer — con·sum·er n: one that utilizes economic goods; specif: an individual who purchases goods for personal use as distinguished from commercial use Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. consumer …   Law dictionary

  • consumer — con‧sum‧er [kənˈsjuːmə ǁ ˈsuːmər] noun [countable] 1. MARKETING a person who buys goods, products, and services for their own use, not for business use or to resell: • Demand for autos is increasing as consumers feel more confident about the… …   Financial and business terms

  • consumer — Consumer, et user, Absumere, Consumere, Prodigere. Consumer tout à fait, Abuti. Consumer les biens d autruy, Comedere aliquem. Consumer en frottant, Atterere. Le soing me consume et gaste, Coquit me cura. Consumer et user à force de frotter,… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • consumer — CONSUMER. v. a. Détruire, user, réduire à rien. Le feu consuma tout ce grand édifice en deux heures de temps. La victime fut consumée par le feu. Le temps consume toutes choses. Il consume tout son bien en débauches. Il a consumé son patrimoine.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • consumer — early 15c., one who squanders or wastes, agent noun from CONSUME (Cf. 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Consumer — Con*sum er (k[o^]n*s[=u]m [ e]r), n. 1. One who, or that which, consumes; as, the consumer of food. [1913 Webster] 2. (Econ.) the person or organization that uses some item of commerce or service in its own acitities, as opposed to reselling the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • consumer — CONSUMER. v. a. User, dissiper, destruire, reduire à rien. Le feu consuma tout ce grand édifice en deux heures de temps. la victime fut consumée par le feu. le temps consume toutes choses. il consume tout son bien en desbauches. il a consumé son… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • consumer — /konˈsumər, ingl. kənˈsjuːmə(r)/ [dal v. ingl. to consume «consumare»] A s. m. e f. inv. consumatore B agg. inv. (nel marketing) privato CONTR. business, business to business …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • consumer — [n] person who buys merchandise, services buyer, customer, end user, enjoyer, purchaser, shopper, user; concept 348 Ant. marketer, merchandiser …   New thesaurus

  • consumer — ► NOUN ▪ a person who buys a product or service for personal use …   English terms dictionary

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