retail

verb
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

retail

noun
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

retail

adjective
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

retail

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

Definition of retail (Entry 4 of 4)

: in small quantities : from a retailer

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Other Words from retail

Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The boots typically retail for $250 to $300 and are often seen as an investment in reliable, long lasting comfort, company officials said. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, "Red Wing Shoes' Heritage brand launches first global ad campaign," 23 Feb. 2021 Come February 2, Kopari will also launch Watermelon and Pineapple flavors to round out the Paradise Pout Trio, which will retail for $30 and include the new releases as well as the original coconut. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "The $13 Coconut Lip Gloss Billie Eilish Swears By," 28 Jan. 2021 That's because the pandemic, which brought even more work to technology companies, took away jobs from many fields — from restaurants to retail to even some health care positions. NBC News, "Silicon Valley's hunger problems grow during a time of record profits," 24 Dec. 2020 Sales have grown every month since March, despite the disruptions to retail caused by the pandemic — or perhaps because of them. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "What do you get the stoner who has everything? Green Wednesday offers discounts on legal weed," 24 Nov. 2020 The most novel feature in Samsung’s new offerings may be the price: The base model Galaxy S21 model will retail for $799, or $200 cheaper than last year’s version. Elizabeth Koh, WSJ, "Samsung Debuts Galaxy S21 Smartphones, With Lower Price Points," 14 Jan. 2021 Each mask will retail for $18 for a pack of three re-usable, washable, fabric face coverings, with $1 being donated to the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund and $1 to CFDA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity programming. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Shop Now: CFDA Launches Face Mask Campaign With British Fashion Council," 7 Dec. 2020 The ceiling fans, which retail for about $150 dollars, come in matte white, matte black, black and polished nickel. NBC News, "Ceiling fans sold at Home Depot recalled after blades detach," 28 Dec. 2020 The drinks retail at $28 per bag which the business says makes 14 lattes. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Invests in Oat Milk Lattes and Oprah Is a Fan," 14 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Small businesses have been the hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis, particularly in the retail and restaurant industries. Ed Finn, WSJ, "A Biden Tax-Hike Break for Small Businesses," 20 Jan. 2021 Google has pushed back the return until September, and could have workers at the office only three days a week, which could further hurt local retail and restaurant spending and transit fare collection. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "S.F. office market hits worst slump in decades as coronavirus pandemic rages on," 11 Jan. 2021 Now known as Rosemary Square, the area consists of a 72-acre residential and commercial neighborhood with a growing roster of new retail and restaurant tenants supplemented by art and cultural exhibitions. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Dozens of new stores and restaurants are coming, despite COVID-19," 1 Jan. 2021 The first phase of construction will include an office building, a high-rise apartment, retail and restaurant space and a half of a four-acre park. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "In a year of negative news, ‘Leaning Tower of Dallas’ tilted toward the positive," 30 Dec. 2020 Those working often have jobs with a higher risk of transmission, such as low-wage health care, retail and restaurant jobs. Katy Read, Star Tribune, "Grants available for Minnesota grocers to process SNAP purchases outside the store," 12 Nov. 2020 Disneyland's gates may still be shut but another section of Downtown Disney, the theme parks' retail and restaurant area, will reopen just in time for holiday shopping. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's retail and restaurant area, Buena Vista Street, to reopen Nov. 19," 6 Nov. 2020 Di Paulo said retail and restaurant businesses have been particularly hard hit. Zeta Cross, Washington Examiner, "Minority businesses struggle as the pandemic continues," 3 Sep. 2020 The turbulence in the retail and restaurant industries, however, remains a threat and a significant concern, officials in D.C. and Montgomery County said. Washington Post, "Friendship Heights, once known as a hub for high-end shopping, is struggling as the pandemic accelerates an exodus of retailers," 20 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective According to strategists at Deutsche Bank AG, a survey of retail investors shows that 37% of them plan to spend their third stimulus check — the release of which is imminent and should come within a few weeks — on buying stocks. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "I’m shocked at how some of you plan to spend your stimulus money," 25 Feb. 2021 The late January surge was fueled by individual retail investors, many from the Reddit page WallStreetBets, some of whom believed the GameStop was undervalued and others who wanted to squeeze hedge funds that had shorted the stock. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "GameStop is up another 67% after doubling yesterday," 25 Feb. 2021 But Lewis cites Japanese online brokerages who say that since the pandemic, the ranks of Japanese retail investors have swollen, and investors average age has fallen. Fortune, "With the Nikkei above 30,000, can Japan exorcise ghosts of its 1980s bubble?," 25 Feb. 2021 GameStop soared 23 percent Thursday morning as retail investors returned to the shorted stock that set off a trading frenzy last month that shocked Wall Street and sparked federal scrutiny. Washington Post, "GameStop, other ‘meme’ stocks surging again," 25 Feb. 2021 The strategy was subsequently thwarted in January after retail investors foiled short sellers by pushing the company's price to over $340 per share. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "GameStop shares surge more than 100% day after CFO pushed out," 24 Feb. 2021 If 2017 was when retail investors led the charge, the current boom likely starts with family offices and high net-worth individuals. Roger Huang, Forbes, "Institutional Support Is Coming To Bitcoin," 24 Feb. 2021 An increasing number of retail investors also are voting with their dollars. NBC News, "Is financial regulation the way to advance a climate agenda?," 23 Feb. 2021 But this practice isn’t what specifically drove huge price swings and losses for retail investors as the GameStop saga wound down. Telis Demos, WSJ, "GameStop Hearing Was No Fun for Free-Trading Business Model," 18 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of retail

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1601, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for retail

Noun

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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The first known use of retail was in the 15th century

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27 Feb 2021

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“Retail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retail. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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retail

verb

English Language Learners Definition of retail

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: to sell (something) to customers for their own use
: to be sold to the final customer for a specified price
formal : to tell (something) to one person after another : to tell (something) again

retail

noun

English Language Learners Definition of retail (Entry 2 of 4)

: the business of selling things directly to customers for their own use

retail

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of retail (Entry 3 of 4)

: relating to the business of selling things directly to customers for their own use

retail

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of retail (Entry 4 of 4)

: in a store that sells things directly to customers for their own use : from a retailer

retail

verb
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

retail

noun

Kids Definition of retail (Entry 2 of 3)

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

retail

adjective

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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