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

deal (in), market, merchandise (also merchandize), put up, sell, vend

Antonyms: Verb

buy, purchase

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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

Launching June 20, each lipstick will retail for $37 and will be available on charlottetilbury.com, and sephora.com, as well as in Sephora stores. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Charlotte Tilbury Is Launching a Second Hot Lips Collection," 18 June 2019 The limited-edition set retails for $27, and includes the razor, a full-size shave cream, and a super cute zip pouch that can be repurposed as a travel toiletry bag. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, "You Can Now Buy Billie Razors At Madewell," 5 June 2019 The Blossom retails for $5,900, and comes in three wood finishes and five fabric colors. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Patio Umbrella Is So Incredible, It Throws Shade at All Others," 20 May 2019 For her surprise wedding in Las Vegas, Turner wore a silky jumpsuit from Bevza, which retailed for under $1,000. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Sophie Turner Wore a Minimal White Dress to Her Pre-Wedding Party," 29 June 2019 The kids are all exceedingly polite and don’t complain about having to crowd into the backseat—albeit of Rodriguez’s Mercedes Maybach, which retails starting at $170,750. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "'What's a Scarlet Letter?' The Improbable Reinvention of A-Rod," 25 June 2019 The neon look is the Amur Mini Dress in Sunglow Yellow by AIELLO which retails for $175. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Posed in a Tiny Neon Slip Dress, Followed By a Revealing Balenciaga Look," 22 June 2019 Tamagotchi On, which retails for $59.99, hits stores July 28. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Tamagotchis make a comeback with larger, full-color version -- for $60," 5 June 2019 Wines included a 1990 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac, which retails for $1,500 a bottle, and a more reasonable £35-a-bottle ($44) British bubbly from the Queen’s own vineyard. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "US taxpayers are spending millions so Trump’s adult children can meet the Queen," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Now that Celeste has checked Essence Festival off her bucket list, the designer hopes to have a consistent relationship with her consumers and would like to be represented in retail going forward. Ashley Rushford, Essence, "Essence Fashion House: Black Designer Undra Celeste Shows Off Summer 2019 Collection," 6 July 2019 The share of feminine hygiene products in India’s overall online retail is still in low single-digits, according to various industry estimates. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Online shopping is redefining how small-town Indian women deal with their periods," 30 June 2019 Downtown malls still can work if market conditions are right — Stamford Town Center has been successful — but store retail is increasingly challenging. Tom Condon, courant.com, "As Connecticut cities revive, what did we learn from the mistakes of urban renewal?," 26 June 2019 Developers would find the next exit off a major expressway, build a mall or office park, to be followed by residential subdivisions and fill-in retail. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Royal Oak property sat empty for decades. Here's why — and what's moving in.," 18 June 2019 A decade ago, travel retail was 7% of retail sales, while North American department stores were 30% of total sales. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "Forget the Mall, Shoppers Are Buying Gucci at Airports," 17 June 2019 But their monthly stout sales continue to draw huge crowds, though the brewery has faced increasing backlash with gripes about high bottle prices (retail is around $30) and low bottle counts, which have yet to top 400. David Klein, latimes.com, "What goes into an $899 bottle of beer? Lots of coconut and hype," 10 June 2019 This trend in retail got its legs in the beauty industry over the last five years as blowout bars, lash bars, and braid bars became more popular. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "As our definition of luxury shifts, Walnut Street evolves with it | Elizabeth Wellington," 10 July 2018 The company noted that the nationwide trend of declining print advertising revenue, particularly in retail, affected earnings. Mark Glover, sacbee, "McClatchy digital ad revenue exceeds print earnings for first time. Company reports Q1 loss," 27 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

According to recent eMarketer data, Amazon accounts for 37.7% of all U.S. retail e-commerce sales, compared to 4.7% for Walmart. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Walmart CEO Says Stores Are the Distribution Centers It Needs Against Amazon," 15 July 2019 The company commands 47% of US retail e-commerce sales, according to industry researcher e-Marketer, nearly eight times the share of e-Bay, Amazon’s closest competitor. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Every day is Amazon Prime Day for Amazon," 13 July 2019 The renovations will add more than 8,000 square feet of retail space in the tower and the new parking garage that faces the gardens and pedestrian walkways. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Downtown Dallas' landmark Fountain Place tower sports a new look inside," 12 July 2019 The majority of this plan is 90,000 square feet of retail space. Julia Fair, Cincinnati.com, "Here's what city officials hope replaces the IRS in Covington," 11 July 2019 The new space increased RiNo’s rent from $800 to $8,200 per month and tripled its footprint to 2,400 square feet, including retail space. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "RiNo Art District leaving $8,200 space that was campaign issue for Giellis," 10 July 2019 Mintel, a market research firm, estimates that retail sales of at-home relaxers declined 22.7 percent from 2016 to 2018. NBC News, "California now first state to ban racial discrimination against natural hair," 3 July 2019 That makes up 30 percent of our retail sales tax into our city. Diane Moca, Naperville Sun, "Naperville's top suburb in state for retail sales for 2nd consecutive year," 17 June 2019 Washington's commercial market posted a record $978 million in retail sales in fiscal 2018, data show, which meant $358 million in excise tax for state coffers. Jennifer Oldham, Anchorage Daily News, "In first states to legalize pot, teen use triggers concerns," 17 June 2019

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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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retablo

retackle

retag

retail

retail credit

retailing

retailment

Statistics for retail

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

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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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