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 The ceiling fans, which retail for about $150 dollars, come in matte white, matte black, black and polished nickel. NBC News, "Ceiling fans sold at Home Depot recalled after blades detach," 28 Dec. 2020 The drinks retail at $28 per bag which the business says makes 14 lattes. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Invests in Oat Milk Lattes and Oprah Is a Fan," 14 Dec. 2020 The company boasts that 25 percent of its products retail for less than $1. New York Times, "Before Embracing America-First Agenda, David Perdue Was an Outsourcing Expert," 1 Jan. 2021 Similar to blankets that retail for $400, Italic’s option is so much cheaper thanks to the brand’s direct-to-consumer model that eliminates retailer fees and other markups. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The snuggliest blankets to wrap yourself up in this year," 5 Nov. 2020 High margins make the seed business attractive to foreign sellers, as a seed packet that costs $1.50 to buy from Chinese suppliers can retail for around $10 on Amazon, one seller said. Jon Emont And Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Amazon Bans Foreign Plant Sales to U.S. Amid Global Seed Mystery," 5 Sep. 2020 Therabody agrees, because earlier this year the company donated over 300 Theraguns (which retail for up to $600) to hospital break rooms. James Barrett, Redbook, "Good News Report: Stories That Moved Us in 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 Available on the Sheltersuit website, the backpacks will retail from approximately $215 and when one is purchased, Timmer and co. will make and donate one Shelterbag to the homeless. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Sheltersuits Can Save Lives—The Non-Profit’s New Upcycled Backpack Supports That Mission," 10 Dec. 2020 For those who couldn’t get their hands on a pair, classic Nike Air Jordans (which retail for closer to $150) were trending this year, too; The RealReal chalked it up to the success and influence of The Last Dance. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The 17 Items That Defined 2020," 8 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But brick-and-mortar retail was caught flat-footed. NBC News, "Pandemic's revolution in transportation and commerce rivals 19th-century railroad construction," 2 Jan. 2021 The old Macy’s — closed three years ago — is being displaced by a 21-story luxury residential tower with retail on the ground floor. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Dozens of new stores and restaurants are coming, despite COVID-19," 1 Jan. 2021 The end of the coronavirus pandemic won’t be a panacea to companies in already struggling sectors such as oil or bricks-and-mortar retail. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Lessons From a Crazy Year in Financial Markets," 31 Dec. 2020 The extension of the order means all businesses aside from critical infrastructure and retail will remain closed and restaurants are only permitted to serve food for pick-up or delivery. San Diego Union-Tribune, "State extends stay-at-home order in Southern California," 30 Dec. 2020 Engaged and Vibrant Community: Provide access to community amenities that support arts, culture, sports, entertainment and retail for families, and proactively engage and involve the community. Tyler Carter, Dallas News, "DeSoto says city’s new strategic plan will keep it focused on the future," 29 Dec. 2020 The state is also extending its 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew on many retail/dining activities three more weeks, to Jan. 23. Bloomberg.com, "New Strain Enters California; NYC Positive Rate Up: Virus Update," 29 Dec. 2020 As superstores and Amazon devoured the landscape of American retail, the White Elephant hung on, a stubbornly independent small-box store. New York Times, "The Treasured Diners and Hidden Haunts That Covid-19 Closed for Good," 27 Dec. 2020 The project has been more than a decade in the making and is now in need of folks to fill it in with lodging, housing and retail. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, "RiverWest site poised to become Duluth's newest base camp," 26 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fueling his rise was an unprecedented rally in Tesla’s share price, which surged 743 percent last year on the back of consistent profits, inclusion in the S&P 500 Index and enthusiasm from Wall Street and retail investors alike. Devon Pendleton, BostonGlobe.com, "Elon Musk surpasses Jeff Bezos to become world’s richest person," 7 Jan. 2021 There will also be space for one retail tenant on the ground floor of the building, and another on the roof. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "New Orleans developer to turn San Antonio building into short-term rentals, retail," 7 Jan. 2021 Incidentally, the lack of neighboring retail storefronts and foot traffic on that side of the street means that the long lines that form are thankfully not really disturbing much in the area. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Horn Barbecue’s new grown-up space in Oakland still has lines. But the meat is worth the wait," 7 Jan. 2021 Each follow-along robot has a bin that can carry up to 40 pounds and will be used for contactless delivery of meals and retail items. Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY, "Delivery robots to digital health apps: 5 ways your next airport visit could be contactless," 6 Jan. 2021 Last year, Great Lakes opened a cavernous canning facility in Strongsville to ramp up its production; retail distribution has been critical for breweries during the coronavirus pandemic. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s 2021 beer-release calendar is out," 6 Jan. 2021 In total, the giant data collection spans industries including pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, finance, software, retail, real estate, and oil and gas. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Anti-Secrecy Activists Publish a Trove of Ransomware Victims' Data," 6 Jan. 2021 Outbreaks have also jumped dramatically in recent months among grocery store workers and retail employees and at other workplaces. Los Angeles Times, "Thousands of L.A. health care workers sickened by coronavirus, worsening crisis in hospitals," 6 Jan. 2021 Beyond Rumsey’s help in securing the Starbucks relationship, Rumsey was highly regarded by all of the industry’s retail partners throughout his career. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Gene Rumsey, Former Top Executive at Capitol-EMI and Concord, Dies at 67," 6 Jan. 2021

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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

22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Retail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retail. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for retail

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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