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Customer

An individual or organization that buys (or has the potential of buying) a good or service from a seller. A customer can be new or long standing and can tend toward large or small purchases, depending both on the customer and the type of business being patronized. Marketing and customer service are used to attract and retain customers.

customer

a BUYER of a good or service from a BUSINESS. See also INTERNAL CUSTOMER.
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She never, I discovered, finished anything by the time she had promised, and she frequently spent more money on materials than her customer had authorized.
Get a seven-days' license, and I'll make it worth your while;' and you know, Polly, they are very good customers to us.
He seemed wilfully to mistake the word she had repeated, when he added, in a hurry, "Yes, customers; in the banking business we usually call our connection our customers.
Then he adapted himself to circumstances by turning away as many workmen as he could not find customers or cotton for; and they, of course, starved or subsisted on charity.
The customers were mostly seafaring men, and they talked so loudly that I hung at the door, almost afraid to enter.
Ali Cogia was much troubled by this dream, as he was unwilling to give up his shop, and lose all his customers.
The customers come again and again, and buy quantities, in spite of being afraid of Ginger and Pickles.
But besides the operation of its own wires, the Western Union was supplying customers with various kinds of printing-telegraphs and dial telegraphs, some of which could transmit sixty words a minute.
Her citizens would not consent that a duty paid by them should be remitted in favor of the citizens of her neighbors; nor would it be practicable, if there were not this impediment in the way, to distinguish the customers in our own markets.
At the small tables which were arranged about the room some thirty customers were drinking English beer, porter, gin, and brandy; smoking, the while, long red clay pipes stuffed with little balls of opium mingled with essence of rose.
Ah, it's all one," said the host; "I have lost two customers, but this one remains, of whom I am pretty certain for some days to come.
Still, let it not be supposed that amid this affected resignation to the will of Providence, the unfortunate inn-keeper did not writhe under the double misery of seeing the hateful canal carry off his customers and his profits, and the daily infliction of his peevish partner's murmurs and lamentations.