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retail

verb re·tail \ ˈrē-ˌtāl , especially for sense 2 also ri-ˈtāl \

Definition of retail

transitive verb
1 :to sell in small quantities directly to the ultimate consumer
2 :tell, retell
intransitive verb
:to sell at retail

retailer

noun

Examples of retail in a Sentence

  1. We retail clothing at the best possible prices.

  2. jewelry that retails from $100

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First Known Use of retail

15th century


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retail

noun re·tail \ ˈrē-ˌtāl \

Definition of retail

: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
2 :4retail

Examples of retail in a Sentence

  1. She has a job in retail.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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retail

adjective re·tail \ ˈrē-ˌtāl \

Definition of retail

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

Examples of retail in a Sentence

  1. Is that price retail or wholesale?

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First Known Use of retail

1601


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retail

adverb re·tail \ ˈrē-ˌtāl \

Definition of retail

:in small quantities :from a retailer

Examples of retail in a Sentence

  1. You usually have to pay more if you buy something retail than if you buy it wholesale.

  2. The product sells retail for about $100.

First Known Use of retail

1784



RETAIL Defined for English Language Learners

retail

verb

Definition of retail for English Language Learners

  • : to sell (something) to customers for their own use

  • : to be sold to the final customer for a specified price

  • : to tell (something) to one person after another : to tell (something) again


retail

noun

Definition of retail for English Language Learners

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


retail

adjective

Definition of retail for English Language Learners

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


retail

adverb

Definition of retail for English Language Learners

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


RETAIL Defined for Kids

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retail

verb re·tail \ ˈrē-ˌtāl \

Definition of retail for Students

retailed; retailing
:to sell in small amounts to people for their own use

retailer

noun

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retail

noun

Definition of retail for Students

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

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retail

adjective

Definition of retail for Students

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


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