Meaning of “consumer” in the English Dictionary

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"consumer" in British English

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consumernoun [ C ]

uk /kənˈsjuː.mər/ us /kənˈsuː.mɚ/

B2 a person who buys goods or services for their own use:

The new rates will affect all consumers, including businesses.
consumer rights/advice

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  • Agricultural companies have failed to convince consumers that GM foods are safe.
  • A poll was conducted to gauge consumers' attitudes.
  • What the problem comes down to is 'Will the consumer be willing to pay more for a higher quality product?'
  • Low consumer demand has forced us to mark down a wide range of goods, sometimes by as much as 30%.

(Definition of “consumer” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"consumer" in American English

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consumernoun [ C ]

us /kənˈsu·mər/

social studies someone who buys goods or services for personal use:

consumer goods/spending
American consumers are becoming informed about the safety of products made for children.

(Definition of “consumer” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"consumer" in Business English

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consumernoun [ C ]

uk /kənˈsjuːmər/ us

COMMERCE a person who buys goods or services for their own use:

The new telephone rates will affect all consumers.
the consumer The extra costs of production will be passed on to the consumer.
average/individual, etc. consumer These changes will not affect the average consumer.
consumer rights/needs/preferences This 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 sth The 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 consumers an energy-efficient program for low-income household consumers

(Definition of “consumer” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)