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 Starting at $250, the S is priced significantly less than the X, which retails for closer to $400. Nina Huang, EW.com, "Walmart is holding a pre-Black Friday sale on XBox One S bundles right now," 29 Oct. 2019 Those products are regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which tracks the oils from cannabis plant to retail shelf, and tests batches of THC oils for dangerous chemicals. oregonlive, "Gov. Kate Brown bans all flavored e-cigarettes amid vaping-related lung illness epidemic," 4 Oct. 2019 Nestlé's Awesome Burger started shipping out to grocery stores weeks before the Impossible Burger got to retail for the first time. CNN, "The Awesome Burger is Nestlé's answer to the plant-based meat craze," 24 Sep. 2019 Walker pointed to a red leather hobo bag, which retails for three hundred and seventy-five dollars. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "The Hottest Looks from the N.R.A.’s Concealed Carry Fashion Show," 23 Sep. 2019 Brewers are starting to expand the category to other markets, with AB InBev adding Kombrewcha to retail shelves in the Pacific Northwest and Colorado. John Kell, Fortune, "Is Spiked Kombucha the New Hard Seltzer?," 14 Sep. 2019 The DSPs are, in fact, much larger and more powerful than the music licensees who were the original intended beneficiaries [radio and general licensing to retail] of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. Ed Christman, Billboard, "NMPA Asks DOJ to Amend Consent Decrees to Allow Publishers to Selectively Withdraw Digital Rights From Blanket Licenses," 13 Sep. 2019 The 14-karat-gold necklace is adorned with a diamond and is surprising affordable, retailing at just $250 for one dog tag initial. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's US Open Necklace Paid Tribute to Prince Harry and Baby Archie," 8 Sep. 2019 The gala will also feature live and silent auctions, with numerous items including a pool table donated by Presidential Billiards, which retails at $5,500. From The Community, Houston Chronicle, "Scholarship winner featured at Sept. 17 gala," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The contractors are readying the site of the former hospital for redevelopment into One Lakewood Place, planned to host 200 homes, 100,000 square feet of office space and 84,000 square feet of retail. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Residents claiming vibrations from former Lakewood Hospital site damaged homes," 16 Nov. 2019 Sign up for our Health Shopping newsletter to get your daily dose of retail therapy with great deals handpicked by our editors — straight to your inbox. Laura Fisher, Health.com, "This Coop Home Goods Memory Foam Pillow Has Over 12,000 Five-Star Reviews—and Shoppers Call It an 'Adjustable Cloud'," 14 Nov. 2019 Jon Quick, head of retail for BrewDog, said Cincinnati was an easy choice. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "BrewDog's second-largest U.S. taproom is ready to open in Pendleton," 14 Nov. 2019 The shop itself is around 12,000 square feet of retail with vignettes and scenes everywhere. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Angelus Home & Garden in Walworth is a decor store with a flair for unique items," 14 Nov. 2019 Women are better represented in the C-suites of retail than in most other industries. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Retail Conference Shoptalk to Have Only Women Speakers in 2020," 13 Nov. 2019 The big numbers that Alibaba likes to show off on Singles Day are not a perfect gauge of how all this might be affecting middle-class China’s appetite for retail therapy. BostonGlobe.com, "Alibaba says Singles Day in China was another hit - The Boston Globe," 12 Nov. 2019 More than five years in the making, the proposal includes 186 affordable units for seniors, a child care facility, 5 acres of open space and 35,000 square feet of retail. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "Housing vs. trees: SF backs 744 homes at UCSF Laurel Heights campus," 12 Nov. 2019 Fretting about an impending environmental catastrophe, and worrying that your purchases are contributing to it, is hardly conducive to a spot of retail therapy. Washington Post, "Do Your Gucci Loafers Make You Feel Ashamed?," 4 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Google's upcoming service, set to launch November 19 in an early Founders Edition bundle, currently requires its users to pay full retail price for each of its titles, which can then be streamed to compatible devices. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Stadia what? Xbox game streaming will become part of Game Pass in 2020," 14 Nov. 2019 In a rare move from footwear companies who churn out signature performance shoes for their athletes each year, the Dame 6 will actually see a price drop with the retail price for the Dame 6 set at $110. Tim Brown, oregonlive, "Damian Lillard’s latest Adidas shoe unveiled, the Dame 6 ‘Ruthless’ hits stores November 29," 14 Nov. 2019 As the country contends with Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests and US tariffs in the ongoing trade war, the online retail giant still managed to reach a new peak. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Singles Day sales top $38 billion despite trade tensions and protests," 11 Nov. 2019 The average retail price for two-wheelers in India is US$1,000. Shashank Sripad, The Conversation, "Better batteries are fueling a surge of electric scooters in India and China," 28 Oct. 2019 The largest single deal saw Walmart, an American retail giant, splash out $16bn for control of Flipkart, an online retailer. The Economist, "EconomyA downturn in India reveals the desperate need for deeper reform," 24 Oct. 2019 On the shelf of a typical Bodega Aurrera discount store — owned by American retail giant Walmart — 50-ounce cartons of Nutri are decorated with a cartoon of a friendly dairy cow and smiling children. jsonline.com, "Robotic milking in Canada, struggling farmers in Mexico: How Wisconsin’s trading partners are weathering the dairy crisis," 18 Oct. 2019 Amazon has evaded responsibility for damages, injuries, and deaths caused by its delivery network by presenting it as arm’s-length contractors, even as the retail giant imposes pressure to increase the speed and volume of distribution. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Technology Sabotaged Public Safety," 10 Oct. 2019 In just the past two days, since the government announced the export ban, retail onion prices — which were 25 rupees per kilogram a few months ago, before rising to 70 rupees last week — have fallen to 50 rupees. New York Times, "India Isn’t Letting a Single Onion Leave the Country," 1 Oct. 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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Time Traveler for retail

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

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Last Updated

20 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Retail.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retailed. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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