consumer ( consumers plural ) A consumer is a person who buys things or uses services. n-count oft N n ...improving public services and consumer rights.
Consumer credit is money that is lent to people by organizations such as banks, building societies, and shops so that they can buy things. n-uncount
New consumer credit fell to $3.7 billion in August.
consumer durable ( consumer durables plural ) Consumer durables are goods which are expected to last a long time, and are bought infrequently.
(BRIT) n-count usu pl
in AM, use durable goods
Consumer goods are items bought by people for their own use, rather than by businesses. Compare capital goods. n-plural
consumer society ( consumer societies plural ) You can use consumer society to refer to a society where people think that spending money on goods and services is very important. n-count usu sing
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