consumer noun

ADJ. big, great, large The UK is the biggest consumer of tropical hardwoods after Japan. | average, ordinary | potential | passive Mass culture turns audiences into passive consumers, their participation limited to the choice between buying and not buying. | sophisticated | domestic, foreign | commercial, industrial | green Green consumers should be wary of manufacturers' claims that their products are environmentally friendly. | electricity, energy

VERB + CONSUMER supply supplying domestic consumers | persuade | exploit to exploit consumers by charging a high price | protect What can be done to protect the ordinary consumer from unscrupulous service operators? | satisfy

CONSUMER + VERB buy sth, spend sth

CONSUMER + NOUN durables, electronics, goods, products, services the market for consumer durables | attitudes, awareness, behaviour, choice, confidence, demand, expenditure, needs, preferences, spending, tastes | protection, rights | group, organization, watchdog Consumer watchdogs have accused banks of ‘appalling arrogance’ in the way they treat customers. | society We are living in a consumer society. | market | prices | boom Government policy encouraged a consumer boom followed by a deep recession. | boycott The country could face a consumer boycott of its beef exports.

PREP. among ~ two years of research among consumers