Definition of client noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈklaɪənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklaɪənt//
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  1. 1  a person who uses the services or advice of a professional person or organization a lawyer with many famous clients to act on behalf of a client Social workers must always consider the best interests of their clients.
  2. 2 (computing) a computer that is linked to a server
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin cliens, client-, variant of cluens ‘heeding’, from cluere ‘hear or obey’. The term originally denoted a person under the protection and patronage of another, hence a person “protected” by a legal adviser (sense (1)).Extra examples A new branch has been opened to serve clients in Dallas. On behalf of my client, I would like to remind you of your obligations in this matter. She’s so busy that she’s not taking on any new clients. The company needs to focus on its biggest clients. a campaign to attract new clients It is our job to act on behalf of the client. She’s a well-known lawyer with many famous clients. Social workers must consider the best interests of their clients in every situation.
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