re·​tail | \ ˈrē-ˌtāl How to pronounce retail (audio) , especially for sense 2 also ri-ˈtāl \
retailed; retailing; retails

Definition of retail

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to sell in small quantities directly to the ultimate consumer
2 : tell, retell

intransitive verb

: to sell at retail


re·​tail | \ ˈrē-ˌtāl How to pronounce retail (audio) \

Definition of retail (Entry 2 of 4)

: the sale of commodities or goods in small quantities to ultimate consumers also : the industry of such selling
at retail
1 : at a retailer's price


re·​tail | \ ˈrē-ˌtāl How to pronounce retail (audio) \

Definition of retail (Entry 3 of 4)

: of, relating to, or engaged in the sale of commodities at retail retail trade


re·​tail | \ ˈrē-ˌtāl How to pronounce retail (audio) \

Definition of retail (Entry 4 of 4)

: in small quantities : from a retailer

Other Words from retail


retailer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for retail

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of retail in a Sentence

Verb We retail clothing at the best possible prices. jewelry that retails from $100 Noun She has a job in retail. Adjective Is that price retail or wholesale? Adverb You usually have to pay more if you buy something retail than if you buy it wholesale. The product sells retail for about $100. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Page Six has reported that the bags will retail for $2,700. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 12 Apr. 2022 The three shapes—square, oval, and round—come with interchangeable bracelets in metal mesh, leather, and velvet, and will retail from $595. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 4 Dec. 2020 Development initiatives aim to to expand Cineworld beyond its core business to retail and kids playgrounds attached to theaters. Robert Marich, Variety, 24 Apr. 2022 But the 55-inch model will retail for $1,800 at launch and likely won't hit the C1's current price for several months. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 23 Mar. 2022 The Editor's Collection Rosé will retail for $18.99 a bottle, and is available nationally and on the SIMI website. Dave Quinn,, 14 Mar. 2022 All products retail under $55 and are available to shop now. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 1 Mar. 2022 It will be released in March, will retail for $29.99 and be limited to 7,000 copies. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2022 The polished steel model will retail for $3,450 (on a rubber strap) and both matte versions will set you back $4,100 (on a rubber strap). Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 13 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More than 1,200 applications in the general lottery for retail have been submitted. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 2 May 2022 Even Amazon—the world’s largest e-commerce retailer—is leaning further into physical retail (paywall) by investing in the revitalization of its Whole Foods locations and launching Amazon Style, its first physical apparel store. Lisette Huyskamp, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2022 The menu boasts a range of caffeinated beverages – such as espresso, lattes and cappuccinos -- and a sizable section of wines, which are available both by the glass and for retail. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 7 Apr. 2022 The sisters worked with chef Royce Burke to develop and scale the recipes for retail. Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 The theater will take up about 50,000 square feet of the former steam plant, while the remaining 36,000 square feet are still available for retail and dining. William Thornton |, al, 3 Feb. 2022 This gives companies the ability to create really innovative financial offerings in a variety of fields, ranging from retail to healthcare and travel to entertainment. David G.w. Birch, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Amazon's first foray into brick-and-mortar retail came in early 2015 with a campus store for students, two decades after the company was founded. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 2 Mar. 2022 Amazon has expanded heavily into physical retail since 2015. Sebastian Herrera, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Recent macroeconomic factors are significantly affecting the auto retail market, and adjusting head count will restore a better balance between sales volumes and the company’s staffing levels, a company spokeswoman said. Ben Foldy, WSJ, 10 May 2022 There appears to be no end in sight to America's baby formula shortage, according to the most recent data from a retail tracking group. Rob Wile, NBC News, 9 May 2022 Nine boxes of retail items were reported stolen April 26 from a store in the 6700 block of Lincoln Ave., police said. Chicago Tribune, 9 May 2022 Your best retail bet in the Portland area will be Avalon Wine in The Bindery Building on Northeast Sandy Boulevard. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 9 May 2022 Alysha Witwicki is a retail copywriter and food writer living in Whitefish Bay. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2022 The 76-acre site, which is located inside the Interstate 275 loop, will be redeveloped to include housing and retail space, recreation and education facilities, restaurants and civic, science and medical space. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 9 May 2022 Boxes arrive on my porch, bearing the fruits of my retail ramblings. Orlando Sentinel, 8 May 2022 In May 1956, a retail outfit called the Children’s Supermart opened at 501 K St. NW near Mount Vernon Square. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of retail


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1601, in the meaning defined above


1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for retail


Middle English, from Anglo-French retaille cutting, deduction, retail, from retailler to cut out, from re- + tailler to cut — more at tailor

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10 May 2022

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“Retail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for retail


re·​tail | \ ˈrē-ˌtāl How to pronounce retail (audio) \
retailed; retailing

Kids Definition of retail

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to sell in small amounts to people for their own use

Other Words from retail

retailer noun



Kids Definition of retail (Entry 2 of 3)

: the sale of products or goods in small amounts to people for their own use



Kids Definition of retail (Entry 3 of 3)

: relating to or engaged in selling products in small amounts to people for their own use retail stores

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