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

On November 30, select stocking stuffers will retail for $10 and finally, on December 1, the Naked Smoky Palette will be 50 percent off. Zoe Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes Will Be Half Off for Black Friday and Cyber Monday," 15 Nov. 2018 Nor were its leaders content with its retailing success alone. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "No single force brought down Sears, but the lessons are haunting," 16 Oct. 2018 The pair of Air Jordans is supposed to retail for $175. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Travis Scott's Net Worth Is Absolutely Insane," 3 May 2019 The nude Spandex dress Kylie wore is by My Style Mode — a favorite of the Kardashian/Jenners —and retails for a mere $58. Charles Manning, Cosmopolitan, "Can You Spot Kylie Jenner's Nipples in This Dress?," 1 Sep. 2016 Back in December 2018, Olivia Jade had released the six-color Olivia Jade x Sephora Collection Bronze & Illuminate Palette, which retailed for $28. Glamour, "Sephora Cut Ties With Olivia Jade Amid the College Admissions Scandal," 14 Mar. 2019 The first of two styles, which retail for $495, are a pair of black sandals with the 'VLTN' logo across the side in white. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Valentino Birkenstocks Are Now Available to Shop for $495," 27 Feb. 2019 For all three of their children, Kate Middleton and Prince William used Britax Baby Safe Car Seat, which retails for around 200 dollars. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Outfit Their New Child? A Look Back at Royally Beloved Baby Accessories," 28 Jan. 2019 In a factory at the company’s headquarters in Solingen, on the outskirts of the Ruhr industrial district, the company produces knives for the U.S. market, which can retail for $100 to $500. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "A Tale of Two Companies—and Two Countries," 20 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ask Hendricks Commercial Properties Another project Hendricks has in the works is a proposal for one apartment building and one office building, with first-floor retail, at the former BP gas station site. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hendricks Commercial Properties has bought former PrimeOne Steak and Seafood building," 25 Apr. 2018 The second-most common job in America is cashier; with retail in big trouble, these jobs and tens of thousands of sales jobs are in jeopardy. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "This Is the Most Important Number in Business," 20 Apr. 2018 The domestic merchandise retail chain accepts gift cards from over 200 retailers, actually. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "Bed, Bath & Beyond will take those Toys R Us gift cards," 3 Apr. 2018 The hackers, who have also hit other retail chains, offered 125,000 of the records for immediate sale. Vindu Goel And Rachel Abrams, New York Times, "Card Data Stolen From 5 Million Saks and Lord & Taylor Customers," 1 Apr. 2018 The once-popular retail chain Toys R Us is closing all of its stores and liquidating its merchandise. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Toys R Us employee in Fairfax stole $100,000 in goods and sold them online, police say," 29 Mar. 2018 Target is bringing big names to Pasadena for surprise fest to celebrate a designer collab Everyone’s favorite big-box retail chain is getting into the music festival game. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Massive (and Free) Music Festival Is Coming to the Rose Bowl Next Weekend," 14 Mar. 2018 Items in the summer line retail between $16 to $35, and will be available for purchase on Fenty Beauty's website, Sephora, and Harvey Nichols. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Announced Its Summer Collection," 4 May 2019 An impulse to spend money is also on the table, so be aware of that when participating in retail therapy. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 30 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Walmart defied a gloomy government retail sales report for December, delivering fiscal fourth-quarter profits and sales that beat Wall Street expectations. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Walmart flexes in the fourth quarter, beats all expectations," 20 Feb. 2019 The scam is most likely to occur at retail locations, where the gift cards are left out on racks unattended. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "New Gift Card Scam Wipes Cards Before You Can Even Give Them, Warns the BBB," 7 Dec. 2018 Incidentally, the Recording Institute Association of America had an article a while back that said the CD had dropped 90 percent in retail music sales since its peak in the year 2000. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Cassette Tapes Are Back, Don't You Dare Call Them Obsolete," 12 Nov. 2018 At the beginning of 2018, Target closed 13 retail locations. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Your Local Target Could Be One Of The Locations Closing By February 2019," 31 Oct. 2018 The program covers iPhone 8 units sold up to three years after the first retail sale of the device in September 2017. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple launches repair program for defective iPhone 8 logic boards," 31 Aug. 2018 Pat McGrath Labs was launched three years ago and is growing quickly, with retail sales expected to reach more than $60 million for 2018. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pat McGrath's Makeup Line Is Now Worth $1 Billion," 20 July 2018 These figures reflect record label shipments, as opposed to retail sales. Charles Stockdale, USA TODAY, "The most popular song from the year you were born," 9 July 2018 But most Shark Tank hopefuls are eager to take the plunge with Lori as a partner, as her business ventures have made more than $870 million in retail sales. Marie Milano, Country Living, "'Shark Tank' Star Lori Greiner's Husband Dan Has Always Supported Her Career," 5 May 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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retailing

retailment

Statistics for retail

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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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