›COMMERCEa person who buys goods or services for their own use: The new telephone rates will affect all consumers.the consumerThe extra costs of production will be passed on to the consumer.average/individual, etc. consumerThese changes will not affect the average consumer.consumer rights/needs/preferencesThis article examines easy ways of researching consumer preferences with regard to various product types.
›a person, organization, country, etc., that uses something, especially fuel, energy, etc.: large/great, etc. consumer of sthThe United States is currently the world's largest consumer of energy.The French rank among the world's most discriminating consumers of chocolate.household/industrial consumersan energy-efficient program for low-income household consumers → See alsodirect-to-consumer, end consumer