A consumer is someone who buys or consumes, or uses up, something. An economy could not keep functioning without consumers.

Long before smorgasbords, shopping malls, or eBay, people craved pretty and tasty things. So those who spoke Latin invented the word consumere, which meant to use up, eat, or waste. Being a consumer doesn't necessarily mean you are squandering. We're all consumers when we go through the checkout line at the grocery store, for instance.

Definitions of consumer

n a person who uses goods or services

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someone who chews (especially someone who chews tobacco)
concert-goer, music lover
someone who attends concerts
client, customer
someone who pays for goods or services
drinker, imbiber, juicer, toper
a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)
a person who drinks liquids
eater, feeder
someone who consumes food for nourishment
prodigal, profligate, squanderer
a recklessly extravagant consumer
smoker, tobacco user
a person who smokes tobacco
snuff user, snuffer
a person who uses snuff
bar fly
a drinker who frequents bars
ale drinker, beer drinker
someone whose favorite drink is beer or ale
buyer, emptor, purchaser, vendee
a person who buys
a heavy smoker (usually of cigarettes) who lights one off of another
cigarette smoker
a smoker of cigarettes
cigar smoker
a smoker of cigars
someone who eats greedily or voraciously
a person eating a meal (especially in a restaurant)
someone who is intoxicated
drunk, drunkard, inebriate, rummy, sot, wino
a chronic drinker
an eater who dips food into a liquid before eating it
glutton, gourmand, gourmandizer, trencherman
a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess
a hasty eater who swallows large mouthfuls
a customer of a hotel or restaurant etc.
gulper, guzzler
a drinker who swallows large amounts greedily
someone who drinks heavily (especially alcoholic beverages)
someone who is eating lunch
a moderate drinker (as opposed to a total abstainer)
a person conceived as a consumer of food
a chewer who makes a munching noise
mycophage, mycophagist
a person or animal who eats fungi (especially mushrooms)
nosher, snacker
someone who eats lightly or eats snacks between meals
a person who eats all kinds of foods
frequenter, patron
a regular customer
picknicker, picnicker
a person who is picnicking
pipe smoker
a smoker who uses a pipe
a person who holds an insurance policy; usually, the client in whose name an insurance policy is written
a person who drinks heartily
bacchanal, bacchant, drunken reveler, drunken reveller
someone who engages in drinking bouts
gorger, scoffer
someone who eats food rapidly and greedily
someone who visits stores in search of articles to buy
a drinker who sips
disburser, expender, spender
someone who spends money to purchase goods or services
scattergood, spend-all, spender, spendthrift
someone who spends money prodigally
reader, subscriber
someone who contracts to receive and pay for a service or a certain number of issues of a publication
a drinker who sucks (as at a nipple or through a straw)
one who accepts an offer
social drinker, tippler
someone who drinks liquor repeatedly in small quantities
eater of fruits and grains and nuts; someone who eats no meat or fish or (often) any animal products
a customer to whom a warrant or guarantee is given
carouser, wassailer
someone who enjoys riotous drinking
waster, wastrel
someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently
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a person who makes use of a thing; someone who uses or employs something

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