A customer is anyone paying for a good or service. Without customers, businesses would go out of business.

When you're paying for just about anything, you're a customer. People shopping at the grocery store, sitting in coffee shops, going to movies, and buying DVDs online are all customers. The point of advertising is to drum up new customers for a business. There's a cliché that "The customer is always right," which is obviously not true, but shows how businesses try to make customers happy. They'd better. Without customers, any business is in deep trouble.

Definitions of customer

n someone who pays for goods or services

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buyer, emptor, purchaser, vendee
a person who buys
a customer of a hotel or restaurant etc.
frequenter, patron
a regular customer
a person who holds an insurance policy; usually, the client in whose name an insurance policy is written
someone who visits stores in search of articles to buy
disburser, expender, spender
someone who spends money to purchase goods or services
reader, subscriber
someone who contracts to receive and pay for a service or a certain number of issues of a publication
one who accepts an offer
a customer to whom a warrant or guarantee is given
bargain hunter
a shopper who hunts for bargains
customer agent
a foreign purchaser who buys goods outright for resale
home buyer
someone buying a house
a guest who fails to notify a hotel or restaurant when canceling a reservation
a patron of the opera
someone who places an order to buy
a guest who stays overnight
fixture, habitue, regular
a regular patron
a compulsive shopper
Type of:
a person who uses goods or services

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