AskDefine | Define customer

Dictionary Definition

customer n : someone who pays for goods or services [syn: client]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a patron; one who purchases or receives a product or service from a business or merchant, or plans to
    Every person who passes by is a potential customer.

Derived terms


one who purchases or receives a product or service

Extensive Definition

A customer refers to individuals or households that purchase goods and services generated within the economy. The word historically derives from "custom," meaning "habit"; a customer was someone who frequented a particular shop, who made it a habit to purchase goods there, and with whom the shopkeeper had to maintain a relationship to keep his or her "custom," meaning expected purchases in the future.
Customer needs may be defined as the goods or services a customer requires to achieve specific goals. Different needs are of varying importance to the customer. Customer expectations are influenced by cultural values, advertising, marketing, and other communications, both with the supplier and with other sources.
Both customer needs and expectations may be determined through interviews, surveys, conversations, data mining or other methods of collecting information. Customers at times do not have a clear understanding of their needs. Assisting in determining needs can be a valuable service to the customer. In the process, expectations may be set or adjusted to correspond to known product capabilities or service.

How to be a Good Customer

  • Allow your agency to work on your account, free from fear
  • Select the right agency in the first place
  • Brief your agency thoroughly
  • Make sure your agency makes a profit
  • Set high standards
  • Test everything
  • Don't waste time
  • Be tolerant
  • Don't underspend


customer in Arabic: زبون
customer in German: Kunde
customer in Spanish: Cliente (economía)
customer in French: Client (économie)
customer in Korean: 고객
customer in Indonesian: Pelanggan
customer in Italian: Clientela
customer in Dutch: Klant
customer in Norwegian: Kunde
customer in Finnish: Asiakas
customer in Swedish: Kund
customer in Yiddish: קליענט
customer in Chinese: 顧客

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