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 for user
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  User \Us"er\, n.
     1. One who uses. --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Law) Enjoyment of property; use. --Mozley & W.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  user
      n 1: a person who makes use of a thing; someone who uses or
           employs something
      2: a person who uses something or someone selfishly or
         unethically [syn: exploiter, user]
      3: a person who takes drugs [syn: drug user, substance
         abuser, user]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  45 Moby Thesaurus words for "user":
     LSD user, acidhead, addict, alcoholic, buyer, chain smoker,
     cocaine sniffer, cokie, consumer, cubehead, dipsomaniac,
     dope fiend, doper, droit du seigneur, drug abuser, drug addict,
     drug user, drunkard, employer, enjoyer, enjoyment of property,
     fiend, freak, glue sniffer, habitual, head, heavy smoker, hophead,
     hype, imperfect usufruct, junkie, marijuana smoker, methhead,
     narcotics addict, operator, owner, perfect usufruct, pillhead,
     pothead, purchaser, right of use, snowbird, speed freak, tripper,
     usufruct
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  user
   n.
  
      1. Someone doing ?real work? with the computer, using it as a means rather
      than an end. Someone who pays to use a computer. See real user.
  
      2. A programmer who will believe anything you tell him. One who asks silly
      questions. [GLS observes: This is slightly unfair. It is true that users
      ask questions (of necessity). Sometimes they are thoughtful or deep. Very
      often they are annoying or downright stupid, apparently because the user
      failed to think for two seconds or look in the documentation before
      bothering the maintainer.] See luser.
  
      3. Someone who uses a program from the outside, however skillfully, without
      getting into the internals of the program. One who reports bugs instead of
      just going ahead and fixing them.
  
      The general theory behind this term is that there are two classes of people
      who work with a program: there are implementors (hackers) and lusers. The
      users are looked down on by hackers to some extent because they don't
      understand the full ramifications of the system in all its glory. (The few
      users who do are known as real winners.) The term is a relative one: a
      skilled hacker may be a user with respect to some program he himself does
      not hack. A LISP hacker might be one who maintains LISP or one who uses
      LISP (but with the skill of a hacker). A LISP user is one who uses LISP,
      whether skillfully or not. Thus there is some overlap between the two
      terms; the subtle distinctions must be resolved by context.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  user
  
     1.  Someone doing "real work" with the computer, using
     it as a means rather than an end.  Someone who pays to use a
     computer.  A programmer who will believe anything you tell
     him.  One who asks silly questions without thinking for two
     seconds or looking in the documentation.  Someone who uses a
     program, however skillfully, without getting into the
     internals of the program.  One who reports bugs instead of
     just fixing them.  See also luser, real user.
  
     Users are looked down on by hackers to some extent because
     they don't understand the full ramifications of the system in
     all its glory.  The term is relative: a skilled hacker may be
     a user with respect to some program he himself does not hack.
     A LISP hacker might be one who maintains LISP or one who uses
     LISP (but with the skill of a hacker).  A LISP user is one who
     uses LISP, whether skillfully or not.  Thus there is some
     overlap between the two terms; the subtle distinctions must be
     resolved by context.
  
     2.  Any person, organisation, process, device,
     program, protocol, or system which uses a service provided
     by others.
  
     The term "{client" (as in "{client-server}" systems) is
     rather more specific, usually implying two processes
     communicating via some protocol.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1996-04-28)
  

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