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

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 Hydrow, whose machines retail at $2,199, says sales have risen 400% in April compared to January, while sources recently told Fortune that Tempo (whose system costs $1,995) raised some $60 million in funding (yet to close). Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Peloton stock races higher on bullish calls of ‘holiday-like’ demand," 22 June 2020 Both bundles retail for $16 and the website offers free shipping on all orders over $49. Mike Rose, cleveland, "New Adidas face masks perfect for summer heat available for purchase online," 16 June 2020 Overnight camping and lodging will also resume Thursday, as will retail and food and beverage services. Editors, USA TODAY, "George Floyd protests, jobless claims, Yosemite National Park reopening: 5 things to know Thursday," 12 June 2020 Their Pinot Noir will retail at $50 for two bottles, and the funds will be going to Give Directly, Direct Relief, The Frontline Responders Fund, and America’s Food Fund. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Ashton Kutcher describes Mila Kunis' morning bowel movements in Tonight Show voice swap game," 5 May 2020 The other two chargers, the Stand and the Pad, will retail for $60 and $40, respectively. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Logitech Powered wireless chargers offer Qi support and style to spare," 11 Mar. 2020 The Birkin, a bag made by Hermès, can retail for tens of thousands of dollars. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Telfar Clemens’s Mass Appeal," 9 Mar. 2020 The runway versions will likely retail for four-figures and won’t hit shelves until June. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Original Gucci Jackie Bags Are Less Than £300 Right Now — But Not For Long," 2 Mar. 2020 Without the battery, the Heatlayer will retail for $160. Louis Mazzante, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Exciting New Winter Gear and Apparel from Outdoor Retailer 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But nearly 40 other sectors have been hard hit, including retail, health care, construction, child care, housecleaning and transportation. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska housing aid programs aim to keep homelessness at bay during pandemic’s economic crunch," 24 June 2020 Job cuts initially concentrated in the retail, restaurant and travel industries, which were particularly hard hit when people were instructed to stay home, have spread to other sectors, including manufacturing, education and professional services. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Layoffs: About 1.3M more workers likely filed jobless claims, signaling slow recovery," 24 June 2020 Industries including accommodation, food services, entertainment and retail will likely not recover to pre-crisis activity levels until late 2021, the researchers said. Carolynn Look, Bloomberg.com, "Europe’s Wage Subsidies May Not Prevent 9 Million Job Losses," 23 June 2020 Until recently, Mack Weldon had put off a move into brick-and-mortar retail because the necessary and rising costs of online advertising were eating too much of the company’s marketing budget. Christiane Lemieux, Wired, "The Future of Commerce Belongs to the Frictionless," 23 June 2020 On Friday, the committee’s staff said tax revenues from industries ranging from retail to contracting came in higher than expected and the state faces less of a gap in the short term – only about $190 million. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Arizona budget picture not as dire as projected; cuts to services may be avoided for now," 19 June 2020 But despite signs of rebounding demand in sectors like retail, fliers so far aren’t returning to the skies in large numbers. Benjamin Katz, WSJ, "Inside the Aviation Industry’s Toughest Battle Yet: Getting Back in the Skies," 19 June 2020 In America Amazon’s market share is nearly two-fifths in e-commerce, but only 6% in all of retail. The Economist, "And on the second day... Can Amazon keep growing like a youthful startup?," 18 June 2020 These 3-packs retail for $24.99, a significant savings over the cost of a single mask. cleveland, "MLB face masks on sale for fans of all 30 teams, including Yankees, Cubs, Red Sox, Cardinals, Indians," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective After more than three months on lockdown, New York City began the biggest phase of its reopening on Monday, bringing a mixture of excitement and unease as some workers returned to their offices and retail businesses resumed in-store shopping. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "New York City Commuters Return as Phase Two of Reopening from Coronavirus Lockdown Begins," 22 June 2020 Most retail businesses that can maintain physical distancing were allowed to reopen already with some exceptions for personal services, malls and fitness centers, which can reopen as of Friday. oregonlive, "Here is what you can, can’t do as of Friday: Phase 1 reopening in Portland, Multnomah County," 19 June 2020 About 22% of the county’s total cases — 17,219 — are associated with such settings, which include skilled nursing facilities, assisted and supportive living homes, shelters, treatment centers, food and retail outlets and workplaces. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County coronavirus cases mount, but efforts to slow spread appear to be working, officials say," 19 June 2020 The professional jobs women aspired to are in short supply, and the side jobs in restaurants and retail businesses that many relied on to pay off college loans have all but disappeared. Kim Churches, NBC News, "This is what women in the class of 2020 really want," 16 June 2020 Since launching two months ago, FBI has worked with regional partners to offer up solutions to food and retail outlets whose own ways of reaching customers had dried up. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Amid COVID-19, Hotels Are Hosting Florists and Red Cross Responders," 16 June 2020 In his Tuesday news briefing, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced that restaurants and retail businesses currently operating at 33% capacity will soon be able to increase capacity to 50%. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus: 2 million cases; testing sites map; casinos open; second wave and more," 11 June 2020 In early May, Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona began easing restrictions, starting with retail businesses and then barbershops and restaurants. BostonGlobe.com, "Coronavirus hospitalizations rise sharply in several states following Memorial Day," 10 June 2020 The state has for the past two weeks been lifting some of Carney’s original restrictions – reopening beaches, short-term rentals, retail businesses and dine-in services at restaurants with limited capacity. USA TODAY, "Infected ferry, Crater Lake, mask-shaming, virtual farmers market: News from around our 50 states," 10 June 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Retail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retail. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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retail

verb
How to pronounce retail (audio)

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
How to pronounce retail (audio)

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

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

retail

adjective
How to pronounce retail (audio)

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
How to pronounce retail (audio)

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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