Definition of buyer in US English:



  • 1A person who makes a purchase.

    • ‘Under the definitions, any major trade buyers would fall foul of the regulations.’
    • ‘This increases the difficulties faced by first-time buyers entering the market.’
    • ‘By encouraging first time buyers into the market it will bring more movement to it.’
    • ‘It is mandatory for the buyer to send the money in advance to get his purchase home delivered to him.’
    • ‘New-car buyers have an even better opportunity to avoid paying fuel tax by buying a car with a diesel engine.’
    • ‘Sales in which several potential buyers carried out multiple surveys were a problem for buyers.’
    • ‘As we speak, the business is trading on and we are hopeful we will find a buyer.’
    • ‘He told campaigners that he would speak to representatives in the licensed trade to see if he could find a buyer for the pub.’
    • ‘In the end, we escaped pretty lightly and our buyers supported the market as well as they could.’
    • ‘Yet there is another side to this market - and buyers who ignore it could feel the pinch later on.’
    • ‘The move has been delayed yet again as our buyer has changed her buyer yet again.’
    • ‘A little hope is a powerful thing, especially to a first-time buyer in a hostile market.’
    • ‘The idea that house buyers on new estates should purchase their own wheelie bins is ludicrous.’
    • ‘It was then that one of my customers asked me to find a prospective buyer for their house.’
    • ‘If it doesn't get to profit soon, it will need to recapitalise, or find a trade buyer.’
    • ‘No one knows who bought the cars, as none of the buyers wanted their purchase to be made public.’
    • ‘British buyers know they are taking a calculated risk investing in the north ahead of a settlement.’
    • ‘The anonymous buyer apparently then consumed the contents of the bottle in one sitting.’
    • ‘Builders recognise the first-time buyer as a valuable market and build accordingly.’
    • ‘The investigation also helped police track down alleged buyers of the videos.’
    purchaser, shopper, customer, consumer, client, patron, investor, user
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 A person employed to select and purchase stock or materials for a large retail or manufacturing business.
      • ‘Wholesale buyers no longer come to the fruit and fish markets or to buy fabric and clothing.’
      • ‘The response from fashion buyers, the press and the public has been incredible.’
      • ‘Prior to joining the company, she was a retail buyer for various department stores in the Midwest.’
      • ‘Unfortunately retailer buyers in America are resisting the urge to buy PCs in droves.’
      • ‘For many manufacturers, the customer is regarded as the retail company's buyer.’
      • ‘His father was an engineer turned salesman and his mother a retail buyer.’
      • ‘The M&S buyers would do well to taste this vineyard's Pinot when choosing their next supplier.’
      • ‘She was a retail buyer for 5 years before starting a family.’
      • ‘At the time, he was a fashion buyer with no mountaineering experience - apart from a trip to some rocky Welsh countryside.’
      • ‘There were fears the new buyer might move manufacturing out of Scotland to cheaper centres in the Far East.’
      entrepreneur, business person, industrialist, manufacturer, tycoon, magnate, big businessman, employer
      View synonyms


  • a buyer's market

    • An economic situation in which goods or shares are plentiful and buyers can keep prices down.

      • ‘In Europe, all the leading carriers have announced dramatic cost-cutting exercises, making it a buyer's market for airlines seeking new aircraft.’
      • ‘And if you're on the prowl for an acquisition, it's a buyers' market.’
      • ‘Its pace of expansion is very rapid indeed, but up to a point it is purchasing in a buyers' market, simply because the big brands are so anxious to sell.’
      • ‘It's a buyer's market and the days of selling off the plans are gone.’
      • ‘The buyer's market for auditors - in which accounting firms cross-sold consulting services and pandered to clients - has been transformed into a seller's market.’
      • ‘The employment situation for journalists was very much a buyer's market, and power inside the newsrooms rested unambiguously with top management.’
      • ‘For now, of course, the relentless tech downturn means a buyer's market.’
      • ‘A pick-up in London will be good news for sellers, as it has been a buyer's market in the capital for the past few years.’
      • ‘The majority of roles tend to be at the more senior end, but it is very much a buyers' market.’
      • ‘‘Don't wait for prices to drop, but do remember that it's starting to become a buyer's market again,’ he said.’