wholesale

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1whole·sale

noun \ˈhōl-ˌsāl\

: the business of selling things in large amounts to other businesses rather than to individual customers

Full Definition of WHOLESALE

:  the sale of commodities in quantity usually for resale (as by a retail merchant)

First Known Use of WHOLESALE

15th century

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

2wholesale

adjective

: relating to the business of selling things in large amounts to other businesses rather than to individual customers

: affecting large numbers of people or things

Full Definition of WHOLESALE

1
:  performed or existing on a large scale especially without discrimination <wholesale slaughter>
2
:  of, relating to, or engaged in the sale of commodities in quantity for resale <a wholesale grocer>

Examples of WHOLESALE

  1. The crops originated from wholesale growers.
  2. Is that price retail or wholesale?

First Known Use of WHOLESALE

1642

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

3wholesale

adverb

Definition of WHOLESALE

:  in a wholesale manner

First Known Use of WHOLESALE

1732

4wholesale

verb

: to sell (things) to other businesses rather than to individual customers

: to be sold to other businesses for a specified price

whole·saledwhole·sal·ing

Full Definition of WHOLESALE

transitive verb
:  to sell (something) in quantity usually for resale
intransitive verb
:  to sell in quantity usually for resale

Examples of WHOLESALE

  1. The company wholesales clothing to boutiques in the area.

First Known Use of WHOLESALE

1800

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

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