1 a person who acquires goods and services for his or her own personal needs
2 a person or thing that consumes
3 usually pl (Ecology) an organism, esp. an animal, within a community that feeds upon plants or other animals See also →
n a manufactured product that has a relatively long useful life, such as a car or a television
pl n goods that satisfy personal needs rather than those required for the production of other goods or services
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